New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with the President of the Republic of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on July 14 and noted that Maldives is a central pillar in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and its maritime vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).
During the telecon, President Solih thanked Prime Minister Modi for the India’s cooperation and support in the fight against the Covid pandemic.
Both the leaders reviewed the progress of the India-supported development projects in Maldives and expressed satisfaction at the rapid pace of implementation despite the constraints of the Covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister also conveyed his congratulations to President Solih for the election of Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid as the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
The telephonic conversation between the two leaders provided them an opportunity to take stock of the overall state of bilateral relations and provide further momentum and guidance to the ongoing substantive cooperation between the two countries.
India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links and enjoy close, cordial and multi-dimensional relations. India was among the first to recognise Maldives after its independence in 1965 and establish diplomatic relations with the country. India established its mission at the level of CDA in 1972 and resident High Commissioner in 1980. Maldives opened a full fledged High Commission in New Delhi in November 2004, at that time one of its only four diplomatic missions worldwide.
Bilateral relations have been nurtured and strengthened by regular contacts at the highest levels. Since establishment of diplomatic relations, almost all the Prime Ministers of India visited the Maldives. Former President Gayoom made a number of visits to India.
On international issues Maldives had consistently supported India in multilateral fora, such as the UN, the Commonwealth, the NAM and the SAARC. Maldives was one of the first countries to convey its support for the candidature of Shri Kamalesh Sharma as the Commonwealth Secretary General. Maldives also co-sponsored the G-4 draft resolutions on UN reforms. India has extended support to Maldives candidature for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the term 2019-20.