Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid who is currently on a two day official visit to India has described the relationship between the countries as of the flight of a bird.
He further added that for a “peaceful, prosperous and stable” Indian Ocean which he feels is an “essential factor” for the “prosperity of Maldives”.
Minister Shahid also stressed the importance of working together to create a peaceful region.
India and Maldives are engaging in multiple ways on tackling challenges of the region such as terror and piracy, under a trilateral format with Sri Lanka — all three countries aim to better enhance the coordination.
Minister Shahid thanked the Indian government for its immense support for Maldives vaccination program by providing the first 100,000 doses of Covishield.
Speaking to WION news in India, Minister Shahid described the relationship between India and Maldives akin to a bird flapping its wings. “The Maldives-India relationship is like the flight of a bird because countries flap their wings together and it’s moving into new heights” he said.
He also revealed that 67 percent of the Maldives population has been vaccinated now by the first dose which was provided by India under the Maitri program.
Foreign Minister Shahid is set to meet the India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar later today to discuss the ongoing development projects funded by India’s line of credit.