New Delhi, Nov 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend Maldives President Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on November 17.
MEA spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar made the announcement while addressing his routine press conference.
“PM Narendra Modi has accepted Maldives President Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony on November 17”, he said.
This would be 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.