Jaishankar calls on Maldivian Prez Solih; reiterates India’s commitment as key development partner

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday known as on Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and reaffirmed India’s fullest commitment as a complete development partner of the island nation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and past.

Jaishankar, who arrived right here on Saturday on the primary leg of his two-nation tour that will even take him to Mauritius, has gifted 100,000 further doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Maldives.

After holding talks with President Solih, Jaishankar tweeted, “Thank President @ibusolih for receiving me. Conveyed PM’s greetings. Reiterated our fullest commitment as complete development companions – throughout COVID and past.”

Addressing a joint press convention on Saturday alongside together with his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid, Jaishankar mentioned, “The ‘India First’ international coverage of President Solih is reciprocated in full measure by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage during which Maldives enjoys a central place.”

He added that the primary and largest recipient of India’s COVID help, be it medicines, meals, medical response groups or monetary bundle, was the Maldives.

India final month had supplied 1,00,000 doses of Covisheild vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), to the Maldives as a part of India’s grant help.

Earlier on Sunday, Jaishnakar held discussions with Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Didi and the 2 sides signed a USD 50 million defence Line of Credit score settlement to facilitate functionality constructing within the maritime area.

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