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Posted at: Nov 10, 2018, 1:44 AM; last updated: Nov 10, 2018, 3:42 PM (IST)

Modi to attend oath ceremony of Prez-elect of Maldives

Modi to attend oath ceremony of Prez-elect  of Maldives
Ibrahim Solih

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 9

In his first visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Solih next week.

Despite all odds, Solih won the September elections that saw people in the small island nation fight the dictatorial approach of outgoing President Yameen.

Solih was the joint Opposition candidate and a close relative of exiled former President Nasheed, who has now returned to Maldives. New Delhi breathed a sigh of relief as pro-China and anti-India Yameen was democratically ousted by voters.

Modi will be present at the oath-taking ceremony on November 17 at Male.

“The PM has accepted the invitation with pleasure. In keeping with our ‘neighbourhood first’ policy, India looks forward to closely work with Maldives in further deepening our partnership. The PM will return to New Delhi the same night,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. 

Maldives is the only South Asian country that PM Modi, since riding to power in 2014, has not visited. 

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