Maldives Foreign Affairs Minister and President-Elect of 76th General Assembly of United Nations, Abdulla Shahid has arrived in New Delhi today. During his visit, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold talks with the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on key international, multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest.
The two Ministers are also expected to review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation between the two sides. The discussions are expected to give further momentum to the rapidly expanding ties between the two countries. During the visit, an Agreement for High Impact Community Development Projects to be implemented with Indian grant assistance in the Maldives will also be signed.
In a statement, External Affairs Ministry said, the visit of Abdulla Shahid will provide an opportunity to exchange views with him on several global challenges that the United Nations is currently seized with. It will also give an opportunity to reiterate India’s abiding commitment to multilateralism and to the UN’s leadership in confronting these challenges. India, will be the first country that Abdulla Shahid is visiting in his official capacity as President-Elect of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations since his election on 7th June this year.
Abdulla Shahid had last visited India in April this year, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives. Maldives occupies a central place as part of India’s Neighbourhood First policy and the SAGAR vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.