New Delhi, Apr 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held telephonic talks with Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives, and complimented him on the victory of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the recent parliamentary elections.
"The Prime Minister noted that this significant victory of MDP signifies a resounding endorsement of the policies and efforts of its leaders, who have worked with deep commitment for the people of Maldives," an MEA release said here.
Mr Modi welcomed the successful completion of the elections, which marked consolidation of democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions in the Maldives.
"The Prime Minister reiterated India’s deep commitment, in keeping with its 'Neighbourhood First' policy, to work closely with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership and assist the Maldives as per the latter’s requirement in its socio-economic development," the release said.
The Prime Minister also spoke to former President Mohamed Nasheed and congratulated him on the momentous electoral victory.
Mr Modi lauded the participation of all democracy-loving forces in deepening the roots of democracy in the Maldives, and offered India’s continued assistance for this objective.
The Indian government, which did not enjoy good relations with former President Abdulla Yameen’s policies, has developed a positive relationship with the new ruling dispensation under Solih.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi even travelled to Solih’s swearing in ceremony in November last year, followed by the new Maldives President’s visit to India in December.
Last month External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to the Maldives and held important bilateral discussions. (UNI)