As part of his visit to Chennai, India, President Mohamed Nasheed has met with Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalaignar M Karunanidhi.
Speaking at the meeting, President Nasheed thanked Chief Minster, State of Tamil Nadu and the friendly people of Tamil Nadu, for the warm welcome and generous hospitality that was accorded to him and to the members of his delegation in Chennai.
He also noted the assistance that the State Government had extended to Maldivians visiting Chennai, and said that strong historical ties existed between the Maldives and Tamil Nadu.
The President further highlighted the importance of strengthening cultural relations between the Maldives and Tamil Nadu.
Chief Minister said that many Maldivians were studying in Chennai’s educational institutions, and said that Chennai would welcome all Maldivian students coming to Chennai to pursue further studies.
Noting the close friendly relations between the Maldives and Malaysia, the Prime Minister said
He also briefed the President on Malaysia’s economic situation and the steps the Malaysian government was taking to keep the economy growing.
The two leaders also discussed investment opportunities available in the Maldives.
Separately the President also met with the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr Thiru M K Stalin.
Also, the President and his delegation, on Friday evening, attended a dinner hosted by Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, in honour of visiting dignitaries to participate in the Partnership Summit.