Maldivian Parliament Invites PM Modi To Address Lawmakers

MALDIVES, the South Asian nation in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, is expected to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first country where he will be on official tour. It is stated to be the smallest Asian country in terms of land area and population. Male is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the “King’s Island” for its central location. In 2014, it was Himalayan kingdom Bhutan which he had visited after taking over as PM. The Maldivian Parliament on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the House during his likely visit to the island nation early next month.”#Maldives Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution to invite PM @narendramodi to address a sitting of the house during his upcoming visit to the Maldives,” the country’s foreign minister Abdulla Shahid tweeted. Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is now Speaker of the Parliament said on Tuesday that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had urged Modi to address the House during his likely visit to the island nation, Maldives Independent reported. All the 80 members present in the Parliament voted in favour of the resolution inviting the Indian Prime Minister designate to deliver a speech at the House. Many lawmakers had said that it would be an honour to have an influential leader like Modi addressing their Parliament. Modi is likely to travel to the Maldives on June 7-8 for his first bilateral visit after assuming office for the second term, sources said. Modi had earlier visited the island nation in November last year to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Solih, who assumed office after defeating Abdulla Yameen in the presidential polls. During Solih’s visit to India in December, New Delhi had announced financial assistance of USD 1.4 billion to Male. Several Maldivian leaders including Solih, Nasheed and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had congratulated Modi for his resounding electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

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