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PM Modi’s two-nation visit to Maldives & Sri Lanka begins from Saturday

For his maiden state visit after assuming office for the second time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Maldives from June 8 to June 9. He will arrive at Malé on the first day of his tour. On the invitation of the Government of Maldives, PM Modi will address the Maldivian parliament, People’s Majlis. The proposal was passed  by all 87 members of the People’s Maslis unanimously a few days back. During his visit, the PM along with the Maldives president, Ibrahim Mohammed Solih will launch a coastal surveillance remote-controlled radar system and an composite training center for the Maldivian defence.

Maldives might be the smallest nation in Asia, but is very important for India through the strategic lens. India has invested in Maldives to strengthen and develop its skill development, tourism, technology, and infrastructure sectors. Maldives has always shown its support towards protecting the interests of India in the Indian Ocean region. But it is not been a one-way street, India too has always supported Maldives in every possible manner in case of an emergency or calamity. For decades, the two nations have shared a strong diplomatic, economic, trade, and social relationship. Last year in November, PM Modi attended the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih.

Post his two-day visit to Maldives, the Prime Minister will also visit Sri Lanka for a day. The recent terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday will be an important issue of discussion.

There will be an effort to increase bilateral import and export during the PM’s visit to Sri Lanka. India holds more than 16% in Sri Lanka Foreign Direct Investment. PM Modi’s visit is considered as a crucial one in term of reviewing and improving bilateral ties. ​The visits to Maldives and Sri Lanka will demonstrate the priority India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the SAGAR Doctrine, which is an important part of India’s maritime policy.

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