PM Modi to receive Maldives highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih on Saturday declared that PM Narendra Modi will be honoured with the states highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries.

“President Ibu Solih has announced his decision to confer on PM of India H.E. Narendra Modi the Maldives highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, ‘The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen’ during PM’s visit today. Namaskar, Swagatham,” tweeted Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

In the Maldives, Modi is scheduled to meet President Ibrahim Solih were it is expected that a number of agreements are to be signed including budgetary support by India for various new and ongoing development projects in the Maldives.

Earlier foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale on PM Modi’s visit to the Maldives had said that both sides are expected to explore ways to expand cooperation in a range of areas including defence and security and sign a number of agreements to deepen cooperation between two countries.

He said Solih had requested India to help the country raise its national cricket team and a BCCI delegation visited the island nation last month.

“We are also examining the possibility of building a cricket stadium in the Maldives under a Line of Credit or some other means of financial assistance,” the foreign secretary said.

“They have requested for a coaching programme for young Maldivian players, both men and women,” he added.

Gokhale said issues relating to staying of two Indian military helicopters in the Maldives as well as cases relating to grant of work permits to Indian expatriates have already been resolved.

He said during the state visit, Modi will be addressing the Maldivian parliament ie Maldives Majlish.

Gokhale said a number of developmental projects are under consideration including the commencement of a ferry service from Kochi to the Maldives.

After the Maldives, Modi will visit Sri Lanka to give a clear message of solidarity and signalling our confidence in the Sri Lankan government in overcoming Easter bombing tragedy.

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