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Maldives may be Modi's first destination for bilateral visit after poll win

Bhutan was the first country Modi had visited in 2014 after becoming prime minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi address following a meeting with President Ramnath Kovind at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi | PTI

Prime Minister is expected to travel to the early next month, in his first bilateral visit after retaining power in the Lok Sabha polls, according to diplomatic sources and Maldivian media reports.

was the first country Modi had visited in 2014 after becoming prime minister.

Diplomatic sources said the prime minister is expected to travel to Male in the first half of June, while the Maldivian media reported that the visit will take place between June 7-8.

External Affairs Minister visited the in March, the first full-fledged bilateral trip from to the island nation after the government of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih came to power in November last year.

Modi visited the in November to attend Solih's swearing-in ceremony, signalling the importance attaches to the island nation, where has been trying to expand its influence.

Last week, Solih congratulated Modi for his "resounding electoral victory".

The relations between and the Maldives deteriorated after the then Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year.

India had criticised his decision and asked his government to restore the credibility of the electoral and political process by releasing political prisoners. The emergency had lasted for 45 days.

Solih became in November after he defeated Yameen in the presidential polls.

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First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 17:05 IST
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