Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to arrive in India today for three-day visit; will meet Narendra Modi on Monday

New Delhi: New Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will arrive in the national capital on Sunday on a three-day state visit, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates' Maldives new president Ibrahim Solih. Twitter@Narendra Modi

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Twitter

Solih, who surprisingly defeated strongman Abdulla Yameen in September, will arrive in the afternoon and hold talks with Modi on Monday after a ceremonial reception. He will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind the same day. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on Solih during his visit.

The Maldivian president, who will be accompanied by his wife Fazna Ahmed, will visit the Taj Mahal on Tuesday before heading back to his country. Solih's visit comes about a month after Modi attended his swearing-in ceremony.

Modi had said in the Maldives that he was looking forward to working closely with Solih as both the leaders expressed confidence in the renewal of the close ties and friendship between the two countries, which was briefly interrupted by political turmoil in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated further after Yameen imposed emergency on 5 February this year.

India had criticised Yameen's decision and asked his government to restore the credibility of the electoral and political process by releasing political prisoners. The emergency lasted for 45 days.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2018 09:56 AM

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