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Maldives International Minister Moosa Zameer will meet S Jaishankar. (File)


Maldives International Minister Moosa Zameer on Wednesday left for India on his “very first bilateral official go to”, the maiden high-level go to from Male since bilateral ties got here beneath extreme pressure after President Mohamed Muizzu, a pro-China chief, assumed workplace six months in the past.

Throughout his go to from Might 8 to 10, Mr Zameer will meet Minister of Exterior Affairs S Jaishankar and maintain discussions on deepening and increasing the longstanding partnership between the Maldives and India, the international ministry right here mentioned in an announcement.

That is International Minister Zameer’s first official go to to India since assuming workplace.

“Departing to New Delhi on my very first bilateral official go to. Wanting ahead to assembly my counterpart Minister of Exterior Affairs, Dr. @DrSJaishankar, and talk about deepening and enhancing cooperation between #Maldives and #India for the mutual good thing about our peoples,” Mr Zameer mentioned in a publish on X.

The bilateral ties got here beneath extreme pressure after Mr Muizzu insisted on the withdrawal of almost 90 Indian navy personnel working three aviation platforms within the island nation.

India has already withdrawn most of its navy personnel. President Muizzu had set Might 10 because the deadline for the exit of all Indian troops from his nation.

On Monday, Mr Muizzu’s spokesperson introduced that 51 Indian navy personnel have left the Maldives and confirmed that the remaining would depart the island by Might 10 as agreed by the 2 international locations.

The ties strained additional after three Maldivian deputy ministers made derogatory remarks in opposition to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media after PM Modi posted images and video of the pristine Lakshadweep Islands on India’s west coast on January 6 on his X deal with.

The Maldivian authorities suspended the three ministers after opposition leaders slammed the “appalling language” utilized by the officers in opposition to the Indian chief.

The Maldives is India’s key maritime neighbour within the Indian Ocean Area and occupies a particular place in its initiatives like ‘SAGAR’ (Safety and Development for All within the Area) and the ‘Neighbourhood First Coverage’ of the Modi authorities.

“The Maldives is India’s key maritime neighbour within the Indian Ocean Area and International Minister Zameer’s go to is anticipated to lend additional momentum to the bilateral cooperation between the 2 international locations,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned in New Delhi on Tuesday.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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