Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid on Saturday exuded confidence that India-Maldives bilateral relationship will touch new heights and described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s on going visit to the island nation as a ‘momentous’ one.
“Great Honour to receive PM Narendra Modi at Velana International Airport on his first State Visit overseas after taking oath for a second term,” Mr Abdulla tweeted.
He also wrote: “No doubt, this will be a momentous visit that would elevate Maldives-India relationship to new heights”.
Prime Minister Modi on his arrival was given a grand welcome.
“Reached the Republic of Maldives. This visit indicates the importance India attaches to strong ties with the Republic of Maldives and the desire to boost cooperation in various spheres,” Mr Modi tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Maldives President Solih announced conferring of highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, ‘The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen’, on Mr Modi.
“President Solih has announced his decision to confer on PM of India 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,” Maldives Foreign Minister wrote in the micro blogging site.
The Prime Minister will also address Maldives parliament, People’s Majlis.