Sushma, Gokhale to make a two-day visit to Maldives

Sushma, Gokhale to make a two-day visit to Maldives

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New Delhi, Mar 16 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be paying a two-day visit to Male, Maldives from Sunday and hold talks with her counterpart Abdulla Shahid on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

According to an official release here, Ms Swaraj would be going to Maldives at the invitation of the Foreign Minister there. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and other senior officials will also accompany her.

The External Affairs Minister will call on the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on March 18, Monday. Ms Swaraj's meeting with the Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Qasim Ibrahim is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Maldivian Minister of Home Affairs Sheikh Imran Abdulla will also call on Ms Swaraj on March 18.

During her visit, the External Affairs Minister will have bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Shahid.

There will be delegation level meetings with the Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of National Planning and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Yumna Maumoon, Minister of Environment, Hussain Rasheed Hassan, and Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, the release said.

The Ministers will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discuss future programme of action.

"India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with the Maldives which is marked by trust, transparency, mutual understanding and sensitivity. This visit will further strengthen the close and friendly relations between India and Maldives," the release said.