India and Maldives issued a joint declaration
India and Maldives issued a joint declaration on November 17, 2018 after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives in Malé.
Modi made a one-day visit to the Maldives to attend Solih’s historic oath ceremony. On the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the Maldivian President, Solih, for the special gesture of inviting him to the opening ceremony. He also conveyed greetings and congratulations from the people of India to the people of the Republic of Maldives for the consolidation of democracy, which is essential for peace, prosperity and stability.
Highlights of the joint declaration
The two leaders, while noting the resilience of India-Maldives relations, expressed confidence in the renewal of close ties of cooperation and friendship with the election of Solih as President of the Maldives.
Peace and security
The leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being aware of the concerns and aspirations of others for the stability of the region.
The leaders also expressed their unwavering commitment and support for greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism both within the region and elsewhere.
Association for Economic Development
Maldives President Solih informed Prime Minister Modi about the serious economic situation facing the country when he takes office.
The two leaders discussed ways in which India can continue the partnership for development, particularly to help the new government fulfill its promises to the people of the Maldives.
The leader of the Maldives highlighted the pressing need for further development of housing and infrastructure, as well as the establishment of water and sewerage systems in the peripheral islands.
Modi assured the leader of India’s firm commitment to help the nation achieve sustainable social and economic development.
Modi also expressed India’s willingness to provide assistance in all possible ways and suggested that both parties meet as soon as possible to establish the details according to the Maldives requirements.
Modi also thanked the expansion of opportunities for Indian companies to invest in Maldives in different sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries.
The two leaders, while acknowledging that nationals of both countries travel extensively between the two countries, agreed on the need to facilitate visa procedures.