Mohamed Nasheed has been a strong proponent of India-Maldivian ties.
“Given our long relationship with your country, we have always had an India-first policy. We can achieve rapid development only by plugging into India’s development. Our defence ties with India are very important too. The Indian Army Chief often visits Maldives, and he is very welcome there. Our ties with India are important for our economic growth as well as our security and stability,” said Mr Nasheed, who is on a two-day visit to the country for the World Economic Forum India Summit.
The politician, who is currently the speaker of the Maldivian parliament, was speaking on the country’s defence and economic ties with India. He was also appreciative of the Indian government’s efforts to train Maldivians in cricket, so as to promote the game in the South Asian archipelago.
Incidentally, Army Chief Bipin Rawat is currently on a five-day visit to Maldives in order to boost its military ties with India. PM Modi had also dropped by Maldives in June, as part of his first visit abroad after re-election.
Maldives, situated in the Arabian Sea, is of strategic importance to India.
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