The Union Cabinet of India, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the establishment of a Consulate General of India in Addu City.
The decision to open a consulate in Addu City this year was made at yesterday’s Union Cabinet meeting.
The cabinet emphasized that the Maldives plays an important role in the Government of India’s Neighborhood First Policy and SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision, and that the Maldives and India share many similarities in terms of culture, religion, and the financial market.
They also stated that the momentum and energy in bilateral relations between the two countries have greatly improved since President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took office, and that the establishment of an Indian Consulate will increase India’s diplomatic presence in the Maldives.
Furthermore, the cabinet stated that increasing India’s diplomatic presence in the Maldives would, among other things, provide market access for Indian companies and boost Indian exports of goods and services. This project is also directly related to India’s goal of being self-sufficient.
Following the decision, Maldives Foreign Minister Shahid said that, in accordance with the Maldives constitution and the Vienna Convention, he would consider diplomatic missions. He went on to say that this is a decision made by India and that he would not comment on it.
According to the Indian Embassy in Maldives, even though India has agreed to establish a consulate in Addu City, the decision has yet to be approved by the government of Maldives.