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Maldives all set for PM Modi's 'historic' visit

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The is all set to welcome Prime Minister for a "historic" bilateral visit, his first after coming to power for a second consecutive term.

The visit is in tune with the 'first policy' of Male and 'Neighbourhood First' policy of New Delhi. The streets in Male are lined up flags of and Maldives, to welcome PM Modi and his delegation.

Modi is scheduled to arrive in the island nation on Saturday afternoon for a two-day visit.

"It is a very historic visit. It will allow us to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. All preparation is in place. It is a big honour for us as the visit has been given the status of a state visit, " of to Maldives, Sunjay Sudhir, told ANI.

"This visit also epitomises 'India First' policy of and 'Neighbourhood First' policy of India. India is perhaps Maldives' most important partner", he added

The Prime Minister will meet Ibrahim Solih and the two leaders are expected to sign several agreements related to customs cooperation, capacity building, defence and connectivity issues.

They will also jointly inaugurate a couple of projects, including the crucial coastal surveillance radar system, which is key to enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

The prime minister is also scheduled to address the Maldives Parliament.

"This is only the second time that any foreign leader will address the Majlis (Maldives Parliament)," Sunjay Sudhir said.

Last Month, the Maldivian Parliament unanimously passed a resolution for inviting Modi to address the House during his visit.

Besides Solih, Modi will also meet Vice-Faisal Naseem and Speaker of Majlis (the Maldivian Parliament) and former Mohamed Nasheed.

Modi had earlier visited the island nation in November last year to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Solih, who assumed office after defeating Abdulla Yameen in the presidential polls.

During Solih's visit to India in December, New Delhi had announced financial assistance of USD 1.4 billion to Male.

Modi will visit Sri Lanka on June 9.

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First Published: Fri, June 07 2019. 15:23 IST