Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 20:13 IST
India and Maldives are good neighbours and robust companions, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned on Wednesday as he underlined that the 2 international locations additionally collectively have the accountability for peace and safety within the area.
Jaishankar, who’s right here on the primary leg of his three-day go to to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, made the remarks after a “productive assembly” with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid during which they discussed the full spectrum of special bilateral partnership with a focus on development cooperation, capacity building and people-to-people ties.
“We are good neighbours. We are strong partners. We have mutually invested in development and progress. But we also together have a responsibility for peace and security in the region,” the minister mentioned in a joint press look together with Shahid.
He mentioned the safety partnership between the 2 international locations additionally continues to strengthen which is the best way it must be.
“Again right here, India is at all times prepared to satisfy the necessities and the wants of the Maldives each for itself and for the bigger area,” he added.
“A lot of our diplomatic attention is being given to easing global tensions and ensuring the interest of countries like Maldives…many of your concerns are also our concerns,” Jaishankar added.
Numerous vital Memorandums of Understanding have been exchanged between Maldives and India in numerous fields, increasing the cooperation between the 2 international locations.
One of the MoUs was on further grant help of 100 million Rufiyaa for the High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) scheme. Numerous socio-economic growth initiatives are deliberate to be applied all through the nation below this funding.
Others included the event of a sports activities advanced in Gahdhoo and tutorial collaboration between Maldives National University and Cochin University of Science and Technology.
The two ministers additionally witnessed the handover of two sea ambulances from India to the Ministry of Defence of Maldives.
“The agreements and MoUs that we’ve exchanged in the present day once more, are simply reaffirmations of the very robust growth accomplice that we’ve constructed. We have collectively reviewed our ongoing infrastructure initiatives, and the groundbreaking ceremony of what I feel with out exaggeration is likely one of the most anticipated initiatives within the North (of the nation),” he said.
He said the Hanimaadhoo International airport expansion project, when completed, will actually transform the lives and livelihoods of all the people in the North of Maldives.
“As the airport commences in the North, we are also privileged to be a partner, of course in another very ambitious project in the capital, the greater Male connectivity project. This is the largest project which has ever been done in this country,” he added.
Maldivian Foreign Minister mentioned the 2 sea ambulances procured below the HICDP scheme will enormously improve the capability of the emergency medical companies.
Jaishankar additionally visited Noonu Mandhoo pre-school. India will ship 10,000 faculty books to be distributed in 260 colleges on this nation.
He was earlier given a standard Maldivian welcome when he arrived at Manadhoo, the capital of Noonu Atoll within the Maldives. He would additionally name on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Both the Maldives and Sri Lanka are India’s key maritime neighbours within the Indian Ocean Region and occupy a particular place within the Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All within the Region) and ‘Neighbourhood First’.
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