Minister Asim visits India as the Special Envoy of the President, meets Indian leadership

January 11, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim has undertaken an official visit to India, as the Special Envoy of His Excellency the President of the Maldives.

During his visit from 10-12 January 2018, Minister Asim called on H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and met his counterpart H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India.

During these meetings, both sides reflected on the close friendly relations between the Maldives and India.

Minister Asim conveyed greetings from His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to His Excellency the Prime Minister of India. Highlighting President Yameen’s “India First Policy,” Minister Asim reiterated the importance of further strengthening the historical ties between the two countries. He further expressed gratitude to the Government of India for their valuable contribution towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives. Prime Minister Modi assured that the Maldives has, and will always remain, a close friend of India. Further, the Prime Minister assured that India would extend its support in all areas of cooperation.

During the visit, Foreign Secretary of India, H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, also paid a courtesy call on Minister Asim.

The meetings were attended by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Foreign Secretary, H.E. Ahmed Mohamed, Ambassador of Maldives in India, Ms. Aishath Azeema, Joint Secretary, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Shazra Abdul Sattar, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister.