Maldivian parliament approves Indian PM to address parliament

Maldivian parliament has approved the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to make an address at the 19th Parliament as part of his visit to the Maldives from 7 to 8 June.

The decision was made at the parliament session today with the vote of 80 out of the 82 MPs present. No MP voted against it.

The request to approve the address was made with the Speaker of Parliament, former President Mohamed Nasheed, by the President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

When motion was presented, the MP for Maradhoo constituency, Ibrahim Shareef, said that aside from a leader of a large foreign nation making an address, it is important to have a discussion with him.

Supporting MP Shareef, the MP for North Hithadhoo constituency, Mohamed Aslam said that an Indian Prime Minister last visited the Maldives during a MDP presidency and having another Indian Prime Minister during a MDP presidency is a honor to the party and shows the Indian government’s support to the MDP government.

Some MPs who debated the motion said that when improving relations with India, the relations with other countries must be maintained as well.

MP for Kudahuvadhoo constituency, Ahmed Amir said that when discussion improving ties with Indian, it should not lead to diminished relations with countries such as China. And relations should be improved with European countries.