New Delhi, Nov 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Maldives to attend President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih swearing-in ceremony.
This is Modi’s first official visit to the Maldives.
The president-elect had extended the ceremony invitation during a phone call by the Indian Prime Minister.
Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen. His term is expected to continue until 2023.
The island nation’s relations with India became strained during Yameen’s rule, with tensions peaking after New Delhi slammed Male’s refusal to enforce a Supreme Court ruling quashing the convictions of nine opposition leaders, among them former President Mohamed Nasheed.