Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar has arrived on an official visit to the Maldives.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar was received at Gan International Airport, Addu City by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, Mayor of Addu City Ali Nizar, parliamentarians, and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Jaishankar and Minister Shahid held official bilateral talks during which they discussed progress in the many development projects being implemented in the country under the Indian grant and loan schemes.
Moreover, the two countries has signed the Peering Agreement for connectivity between the Higher Education Network of the Maldives and the National Knowledge Network of India and jointly launch the network. Minister Jaishankar also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for recognition of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate which would facilitate easier travel between India and the Maldives.
Minister Jaishankar will also participate in the inauguration ceremony of the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement (NCPLE), rehabilitation centre, and the Tourism Zone in Addu developed under the Indian High Impact Community Development scheme. He will also witness the ground-breaking of the Addu Roads and Storm Water Drainage System Project and the contract awarding ceremony of the Addu reclamation project, both funded under the Line of Credit facilitated by the Government of India. In addition, Minister Jaishankar will be inaugurating the Expanded Coastal Radar System.
During his third visit, he is set to call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.