STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Maldives minister to visit New Delhi

Published: 13th April 2013 09:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2013 09:35 AM   |  A+A-

Maldivian Defence Minister Colonel Mohamed Nazim would arrive here on a five-day visit, in a bid to shore up the bilateral relations that witnessed strains over a number of issues in the recent months.

 He would be in India from Monday to Friday and during his stay he is expected to meet Defence Minister A K Antony and the country’s political top brass, apart from visiting certain defence institutions.

 The visit comes just months after there was a war of words between New Delhi and Male over former Maldivan President Mohammed Nasheed taking shelter in the Indian High Commission building in February this year, following fears of his arrest ahead of the Presidential elections there.

 After an intervention from New Delhi, Nasheed walked out of the Indian High Commission building after a 11-day stay. The incident almost threatened to mar relations between New Delhi and Male.

 In November last year, Mohammed Wahid-led Maldivian Government had cancelled a commercial deal with Indian infrastructure company GMR for construction of a modern airport in Male. Antony had in September last year invited Nazim for an official visit, when he was in Male.

 Nazim’s visit gains significance in view of Male increasing its diplomatic proximity to Beijing. Soon after Antony’s Male visit, Nazim had visited Beijing.

 During Antony’s visit, the two nations had agreed to significantly ramp up ties in the security sphere.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp