The Minister of External Affairs of India Dr S. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has arrived on an official visit to Maldives this afternoon.
The External Affairs Minister was received at Velana International Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel, Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, and High Commissioner of Maldives to India Dr Hussain Niyaaz.
During this visit, the Minister of External Affairs will call on the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, and hold meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minster of Defense. A joint meeting will be held with the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Economic Development, and the Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure.
During this visit, Minister of External Affairs of India will inaugurate some projects undertaken with Indian grant assistance, in addition to witnessing the exchange of several Agreements and MoUs between two countries. The Minister of External Affairs is visiting the Maldives on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. This is his second visit to the Maldives in his capacity as the Minister of External Affairs of India. His first visit was to attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference in September 2019.