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Swaraj holds 'productive' talks with Maldivian FM: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sushma Swaraj today held "productive" talks with her Maldivian counterpart amidst a strain in bilateral ties over a number of issues, including the signing of an FTA between and

"Swaraj Mohamed Asim, Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of the of Both had productive discussions to strengthen bilateral relationship keeping in mind 'first' policy of and our policy of 'Neighbourhood first'," the (MEA) tweeted.

It is understood that the Maldivian leader reiterated that Maldives would not undertake any activity which would harm Indian interests and it would also be conveyed that the country was "sensitive" to India's concerns over peace and security in the region.

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

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 15:10 IST