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New visa agreement between India, Maldives to be effective from March

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and on Tuesday exchanged diplomatic notes for the implementation of the visa facilitation agreement with an aim to boost people-to-people ties between the two

The agreement was signed during Maldivian Ibrahim Solih's visit to on December 17 last year.

The exchange of diplomatic notes follows the signature of the agreement by after the had given its approval, read a statement from the (MEA).

The new agreement will be effective from March 11 after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.

The agreement provides a very liberal visa regime for Maldivian nationals to visit for tourism, business, education and medical purposes. It also makes it easier for Indians to travel to the for business purposes, the statement said.

Relations between and Male came under strain during former Abdulla Yameen's five-year rule, which saw him cosying up with for various development projects, cracking down on dissent and imposing a state of emergency by jailing opposition leaders.

Moreover, there were several diplomatic issues under the with many Indian nationals being reportedly denied visas.

Solih's surprise victory in the in last September came as a major diplomatic victory for India, after repeatedly warned the to respect democratic institutions and free the jailed opposition leaders.

had visited the island nation for Solih's swearing-in ceremony in November last year. During the visit, Solih briefed the about Maldives' fragile economic situation.

The two leaders discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership in various sectors, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the people of the Maldives.

During Solih's visit to India, announced financial assistance of USD 1.4 billion to Male in the form of budgetary support, currency swap and concessional lines of credit to fulfill the socio-economic development programmes of the island nation.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 01:19 IST