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Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu says he can be honoured to attend Prime Minister Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

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Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu. File
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Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu stated on June 8 that he can be honoured to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony and his go to to India for the historic occasion would display that bilateral ties are heading in a constructive course.

Mr. Muizzu’s remarks got here as he accepted the invitation to attend Prime Minister Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi. Mr. Modi might be administered the oath of workplace on June 9, his third consecutive time period as Prime Minister.

“President Muizzu has accepted the invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Modi and the Council of Ministers of the Government of India,” his workplace stated in a press release.

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Munu Mahawar, India’s Higher Commissioner to the Maldives, offered the a call for participation to the President throughout a courtesy name on the President’s Office.

“At the call, the High Commissioner extended greetings from Prime Minister Modi, stating that the Prime Minister is looking forward to having the President attend this momentous ceremony marking his third swearing-in as Prime Minister of India,” the assertion stated.

The President expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for the invitation, including that he can be honoured to attend this historic occasion.

He additionally said that he appears to be like ahead to working with the Prime Minister to additional strengthen the shut relations with India, noting that the Maldives-India relationship is heading in a constructive course, as can be demonstrated by this go to. The President thanked the High Commissioner for personally delivering the invitation. Mr. Muizzu’s workplace, nonetheless, didn’t disclose when would he be leaving for India.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Mr. Muizzu had congratulated PM Modi and voiced his need to work with the Indian Prime Minister to advance the bilateral ties. “Congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi and the BJP and BJP-led NDA, on the success in the 2024 Indian General Election, for the third consecutive term.”

“I look forward to working together to advance our shared interests in pursuit of shared prosperity and stability for our two countries,” Mr. Muizzu posted on X.

This will mark the pro-China President’s first official go to to India since assuming workplace on November 17 final 12 months. Unlike his predecessors, who made the primary port of name to New Delhi after assuming workplace, Mr. Muizzu had travelled to Turkiye first and to China for his first state go to in January.

Within hours of his oath, Mr. Muizzu had demanded the elimination of 88-odd Indian army personnel from his nation, straining bilateral ties. The army personnel had been repatriated from three aviation platforms and changed by civilians from India by the May 10 deadline set by Mr. Muizzu.

The swearing-in ceremony is predicted to witness the presence of leaders from neighbouring international locations, together with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, and Seychelles, along with the Maldives, as a part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage.

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