The Government of the Republic of Maldives has held the official welcoming ceremony for the visiting Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Narendra Modi to the Maldives. The ceremony was held this evening at the Republic Square.
On arrival at the Izzuddin Jetty, the Prime Minister was greeted by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, where they observed a cultural item by Maldivian School students. President Solih then accompanied the visiting Prime Minister to the saluting dais, and a 21-Gun Salute was offered; followed by which the national anthems of Maldives and India were played. Prime Minister Modi then proceeded to inspect a Guard of Honour by the Maldives National Defence Force.
At the official welcoming ceremony, the Indian Prime Minister was introduced to the Vice President, Cabinet Ministers, and other senior officials of the Maldivian Government. The members of the Indian delegation were then introduced to President Solih.
President Solih and Prime Minister Modi then proceeded to the President’s Office along with the cultural procession. Indian Prime Minister also signed the visitor's book at the President’s Office.
The Indian Prime Minister is currently visiting the Maldives on a two-day State visit where Maldives and India will hold bilateral discussions towards further enhancing existing ties, and development partnerships between the two nations. A number of memoranda of understanding will also be exchanged during the visit.