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India, Maldives sign three agreements

Date: 18 March 2019 Tags: India & World

India and Maldives signed three agreements on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy. The agreements were during two-day official visit External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Maldives. She also had meeting with her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid.

Significance of visit

  • It was first full-fledged bilateral trip from India to island nation after government of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih came to power in November 2018.
  • It was aimed at strengthening the "close and friendly relations" between the two nations.

Outcomes of Foreign Ministers meeting

Both countries discussed ways to enhance cooperation bilaterally on variety of issues including in the fields of defence, trade, investment, economic and development cooperation, capacity building, health and enhancing people-to-people contact. They also reviewed progress made on commitments announced during State visit of Maldives President Ibrahim Solih to India in November 2018 after assuming office.