Solih’s visit comes about a month after Modi attended his swearing-in ceremony
New Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will arrive in India on a three-day state visit today, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen bilateral ties. Solih, who surprisingly defeated strongman Abdulla Yameen in September, will arrive in the afternoon and hold talks with Modi on December 17 after a ceremonial reception. He will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind the same day.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also call on Solih during his visit.
The Maldivian president, who will be accompanied by his wife Fazna Ahmed, will visit the Taj Mahal on Tuesday before heading back to his country.
Solih’s visit comes about a month after Modi attended his swearing-in ceremony.
Relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated further after Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 this year.