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Narendra Modi's maiden Maldives trip signals support for Solih govt

The Saturday visit - the first by an Indian head of state since 2011 - is expected to reset strained ties with Maldives

Narendra Modi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the tropical island nation of Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president amid ongoing rivalry between New Delhi and Beijing for influence in the Indian Ocean. The Saturday visit — the first by an Indian head of state since 2011 — is expected to reset strained ties with Maldives as Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a veteran opposition politician, takes over after successfully ousting former pro-China president Abdulla Yameen. Solih’s new government is expected to end political uncertainty in the ...