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Maldivian President Muizzu is probably going to be at Modi’s swearing-in; this is his first trip since ties soured.

‘President Muizzu will leave for New Delhi on Saturday for the ceremony, accompanied through numerous senior government officers.’

ON THE first day of his 0.33 term in office on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to fulfill journeying overseas leaders who will come for the swearing-in rite Sunday.


The maximum enormous among them could be Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu if he chooses to wait the rite, no matter the setback in bilateral ties.

A Maldives authorities legit instructed The Indian Express that President Muizzu is predicted to attend Prime Minister Modi’s swearing-in rite in New Delhi over the weekend. However, there was no authentic assertion but.

News portal Edition.Mv quoted its sister booklet in Dhivehi, Mihaaru News, as announcing that President Muizzu will leave for New Delhi on Saturday for the ceremony, accompanied by numerous senior government officers.

Leaders of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius and Seychelles have additionally been invited to the ceremony. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda have formally confirmed their attendance, and extra confirmations are awaited.

If President Muizzu comes to India for the swearing-in rite, he will observe the footsteps of his mentor and one among his predecessors, Abdullah Yameen, who had come for Modi’s first oath-taking ceremony in May 2014. In 2019, Maldives turned into now not invited since India had invited the BIMSTEC international locations.

Soon after coming to power in November 2023, Muizzu, who’s visible as seasoned-China, had asked India to withdraw its army personnel from the island us of a. Muizzu had defeated the incumbent, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, inside the presidential election on the “India Out” plank.

In February this 12 months, the 2 international locations had agreed that India would pull out all its 80-abnormal navy personnel stationed in the Maldives between March 10 and May 10. This turned into completed by way of May 10. The MEA showed that they have come returned and were replaced by means of “in a position Indian technical employees”.

On May 9, Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer flew down to Delhi in the first excessive-level visit on account that Muizzu got here to energy, and met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The leaders had “sizeable discussions” on “bilateral relationship” and “local security issues”.

Jaishankar conveyed to Zameer that as “close and proximate neighbours”, the development of India-Maldives ties was based on “mutual hobbies” and “reciprocal sensitivity”. The connection with local security problems and basing the ties on “mutual interests” and “reciprocal sensitivity” are thinly-veiled reference to the seasoned-Chinese tilt of the Maldives government led via Muizzu.

In April, India had authorized the highest-ever export quotas for vital commodities — eggs, potatoes, onions, sugar, rice, wheat flour and pulses, river sand and stone aggregates — to Maldives for 2024-25 below a unique bilateral mechanism. The authorised portions are the highest considering this arrangement got here into impact in 1981.

After the growth, Zameer had thanked India for its gesture to renew the quota.

So, groundwork had been prepared for Muizzu’s visit, as on Wednesday, Muizzu congratulated Modi and voiced his desire to work with the Indian Prime Minister to enhance bilateral ties. “Congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi and the BJP and BJP-led NDA, at the fulfillment within the 2024 Indian General Election, for the 0.33 consecutive time period. I sit up for working together to increase our shared pursuits in pursuit of shared prosperity and balance for our international locations,” Muizzu posted on X.

Officials said the swearing-in rite is expected to witness the presence of leaders from neighbouring countries, which include Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, and Seychelles, similarly to the Maldives, as a part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

Modi’s invitation to the leaders from the neighbourhood is part of the engagement with the international locations inside the location. In 2014, he had known as the leaders from SAARC nations and in 2019, he had invited the countries from BIMSTEC. While Pakistan was invited in 2014, as a part of the SAARC grouping, it turned into left out in 2019 due to the deterioration of ties and the BIMSTEC nearby grouping changed into invited instead.

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