President: Maldives-India friendship rooted in shared values

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (L) calls on Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Kigali Marriott Hotel in Rwanda on June 24, 2022. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Friday that the friendly relations between Maldives and India was tooted in cultural and historical links, as well as shared values.

He made the remark during a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who paid a courtesy call on President Solih at the Kigali Marriott Hotel in Rwanda on Friday afternoon.

During the meeting, President Solih and Jaishankar spoke about the bilateral relations Maldives and India, and reiterated their commitment to improve cooperation in areas of mutual interest and benefit.

President Solih said that strengthening foreign relations was a key priority of his administration.

President Solih acknowledged India's numerous contributions to Maldives' development.

President Solih and Jaishankar held broad discussions on various subjects and reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthen Maldives-India cooperation in the coming years.

President Solih is currently on an official visit to Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022. He was accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high-level delegation of government officials.