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Swaraj holds talks with her Maldivian counterpart Shahid

Press Trust of India  |  Male 

on Sunday held talks with her Maldivian counterpart and reviewed progress on important bilateral issues, including implementation of agreed outcomes of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's visit to last year.

Swaraj arrived arrived here on Sunday on a two-day visit, the first full-fledged bilateral trip from to the island nation after the government of Solih came to power in November last year.

"Warm discussions between EAM @SushmaSwaraj & @abdulla_shahid. Reviewed progress on important bilateral issues, including implementation of agreed outcomes of the State Visit of @ibusolih to India,"

(MEA) tweeted.

Solih visited in December last year during which India announced a USD 1.4 billion financial assistance to the island nation.

The two had also agreed to remain mindful of each other's concerns and aspirations for the stability of the region and not allow their respective territories to be used for any activity inimical to their interests.

Swaraj also held a joint ministerial meeting with nine other Maldivian ministers, including and

In a special gesture, Swaraj was earlier received at the airport by her Maldivian counterpart and

Swaraj will also call on President Solih on Monday and of the Parliament on Sunday. Sheikh will also call on Swaraj.

In New Delhi, the MEA said Saturday that her visit is aimed at further strengthening the "close and friendly" relations between the two

"India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with the which is marked by trust, transparency, mutual understanding and sensitivity," it said.

"The ministers will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discuss future programme of action," the MEA said.

and a number of senior officials are accompanying Swaraj during the trip.

Officials said it will be the first full-fledged bilateral visit at the political level from India to the after the new government assumed office.

They said visited the in November only to attend Solih's swearing-in ceremony and no substantive discussion had taken place then.

Sources said the Maldives was aware of Indian government's limitations due to the election code of conduct and that Swaraj's visit will be to enhance overall ties which came under strain during the presidentship of Abdulla Yameen, who was known to be close to

Relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President 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 lasted for 45 days.

Solih became president in November after he defeated Yameen in

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 18:16 IST
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