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PM Modi's first visit to Male on Nov 17; to attend swearing-in of prez-elect

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In his first visit as the Prime Minister, will travel to Male on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian president, indicating an attempt to mend bilateral ties, which nosedived during the outgoing

Announcing Modi's day-long visit, said the has accepted president-elect invitation to attend the ceremony "with pleasure". Kumar, however, made it clear that it is not a "bilateral visit".

"In keeping with its neighbourhood first policy, looks forward to closely working with in further deepening the partnership," Kumar said.

India-ties came under strain under Yameen who was perceived to be close to Some decisions by Yameen including imposition of restrictions on work visas for Indians and signing of a new Free Trade Agreement with also did not go down well with

The relations deteriorated further after Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 this year. had criticised his decision and asked his to restore the credibility of the electoral and political process by releasing political prisoners. The emergency lasted for 45 days.

were held in on September 23 in which Solih defeated Yameen, capping months of political upheaval in the tourist paradise.

Maldives is an important country for India's maritime security and there have been concerns in over China's growing influence over the country in last few years.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 17:50 IST