India and Maldives released a Joint Statement on November 17, 2018, after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives in Male.
Modi was on a one day visit to the Maldives to attend the historic swearing-in ceremony of Solih. On the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked Maldives President Solih for the special gesture of inviting him to the Inauguration Ceremony. He also conveyed greetings and compliments from the people of India to the people of the Republic of Maldives on the consolidation of democracy, which is essential for peace, prosperity and stability.
Maldives President Solih briefed Prime Minister Modi on the dire economic situation facing the country as he takes office. The two leaders discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the people of the Maldives.
The Maldives leader highlighted the pressing need for increased housing and infrastructure development as well as for establishing water and sewerage systems in the outlying islands. Modi assured the leader of India’s firm commitment to assisting the nation to achieve sustainable social and economic development. Modi also conveyed India’s readiness to extend help in every possible way and suggested that both sides should meet at the earliest to work out details as per requirements of the Maldives.