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Maldivian FM arrives; expected to reassure India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

is "sensitive" to India's concerns over peace and security in the region -- this will be the message its is expected to convey during his meetings with the Indian leadership tomorrow amidst a strain in ties.

Asim, who is also Maldivian Abdulla Yameen's special envoy, arrived here today on a three-day visit during which he will call on Modi and hold talks with his Indian counterpart

According to sources, the visiting leader will again extend invitation to Modi to visit the island nation.

The visit comes amidst a strain in bilateral ties over a number of issues, including signing of an FTA between and

had already made it clear that it expects that as a close and friendly neighbour, the island nation will be sensitive to its concerns in keeping with its 'First' policy. The Indian statement had come in response to a query on Maldives-FTA.

There will be a reiteration that will not undertake any activity which will harm Indian interests and it will also be conveyed that the country is "sensitive" to India's concerns over peace and security in the region, the sources said.

has also been seeking full implementation of India's "neighbourhood first" policy towards it.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:05 IST