President Solih returns to Maldives after concluding official visit to India

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih concluded his official visit to India and returned to Maldives on Thursday.

President Solih travelled to India at the official invitation of Indian prime minister (PM), Narendra Modi. The two leaders held official discussions about the diplomatic ties between and ways to strengthen the existing ties the countries at Hydrabad House, during the visit.

President Solih and PM Modi discussed six key agreements between India and Maldives, and also initiated the 'Pouring of First Concrete' of the Greater Male' Connectivity Project which involves the construction of Thilamale' Bridge. The project is backed by a USD 400 million line of credit from the Indian Exim Bank and a USD 100 million grant from the Indian government.

President Solih thanked Indian government for facilitating an additional USD 100 million for the USD 800 million Line of Credit previously provided by Exit Bank. The President also thanked PM Modi for the continued support to modernise MNDF infrastructure, vessels and equipment.

The two leaders also delivered a joint press statement reaffirming their commitment to the region's shared peace and development. PM Modi held an official luncheon at Hydrabad House in President Solih's honour.

During the visit, President Solih also made a courtesy call on the new President of India, H.e Droupadi Murmur at Rashtrapati Bavan in New Dehli.

Before concluding the visit, President Solih also toured the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's second largest container handling port.