Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who began his maiden foreign visit after his re-election in this Lok Sabha polls, on Saturday arrived in the Maldives. Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid recieved Modi at Male airport at around 4 pm this afternoon. The prime minister was also seen interacting with a little lass, who welcomed and greeted him with a bouquet of flowers. Modi’s visit to the Maldives is aimed at further cementing ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago and reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. During his visit to the country, Modi will be also conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen”.
07:56 pm: PM Modi in his address at Maldivian Parliament: Terrorism is a danger not just for a country but the entire civilization. State sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is important for the world community to come together to fight the challenge of terrorism and radicalization.
#07:50 pm: PM Modi addressing the People’s Majlis in Maldives: ‘Neighborhood First’ is our priority. Relations between India and Maldives are older than history. From time immemorial, blue waters have washed our shores. They have also nourished our cultures and civilisations.
#07:48 pm: In Maldives, different ideologies and party members change the collective resolution for the sake of democracy, development and peace in the country. In the same way, the people of Maldives, just a few months ago, united to form a paradigm of democracy in front of the world, says Narendra Modi.
#07:44 pm: Maldives’ immense beauty and natural wealth has been the center of attraction for thousands of years: PM Modi at Majlis.
#07:43 pm: PM Modi at Maldivian Parliament in Male: I am very happy to be present at Peoples Majlis today. This decision to invite me was taken in the very first meeting after Mohamed Nasheed became Maldives’ parliamentary speaker. This gesture has touched the hearts of every Indian.
#07:31 pm: WATCH LIVE: PM Modi addresses Majlis, parliament of Maldives.
LIVE: PM Shri @narendramodi addresses Majlis, the parliament of Maldives. https://www.pscp.tv/w/b8u3UTFZTEVKTlh4RG5ORU58MWRSSlptWFBNbFhHQrf9TCmbtWFFz2NNGrxf8w_pi3fbOSpS_AS21OeH5X7W