PM Modi at Maldives Parliament: State-sponsored terrorism biggest threat to world

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 June 2019, 12:24 AM
PM Narendra Modi in Maldives (Photo tweeted by @MEAIndia)
PM Narendra Modi in Maldives (Photo tweeted by @MEAIndia)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who began his maiden foreign visit after his re-election in this Lok Sabha polls, on Saturday arrived in the Maldives, the tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls. Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid recieved Modi at Male airport around 4 pm this afternoon. The prime minister was also seen interacting with a little lass, who welcomed and greeted him with a bouquet of flowers at the airport. Modi's visit to the Maldives is aimed at further cementing ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago and reflecting the importance India attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First' policy. During his visit to the country, Modi has been also conferred with the Maldives' highest honour "Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen".

Here are the Highlights from PM Modi's Maldives visit:

#07:59 pm: PM Modi at People's Majlis in Male: I felt great to have announced today that India will contribute in conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque. There's no such mosque elsewhere in the world like this historical mosque made up of coral.

#07:58 pm: I am happy that Maldives is working towards sustainable development and has become a part of the International Solar Alliance, says PM Modi.

#07:56 pm: PM Modi in his address at Maldivian Parliament: Terrorism is a danger not just for a country but the entire civilization. State sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is important for the world community to come together to fight the challenge of terrorism and radicalization.

#07:50 pm: PM Modi addressing the People's Majlis in Maldives: 'Neighborhood First' is our priority. Relations between India and Maldives are older than history. From time immemorial, blue waters have washed our shores. They have also nourished our cultures and civilisations.

#07:48 pm: In Maldives, different ideologies and party members change the collective resolution for the sake of democracy, development and peace in the country. In the same way, the people of Maldives, just a few months ago, united to form a paradigm of democracy in front of the world, says Narendra Modi.

#07:44 pm: Maldives' immense beauty and natural wealth has been the center of attraction for thousands of years: PM Modi at Majlis.

#07:43 pm: PM Modi at Maldivian Parliament in Male: I am very happy to be present at People’s Majlis today. This decision to invite me was taken in the very first meeting after Mohamed Nasheed became Maldives' parliamentary speaker. This gesture has touched the hearts of every Indian.

#07:31 pm: WATCH LIVE: PM Modi addresses Majlis, Parliament of Maldives.

#07:23 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the People’s Majlis, the Parliament of Maldives.

#07:07 pm: By issuing RuPay Card in Maldives, there will be an increase in the number of Indian tourists in Maldives. We will soon take measures in this direction. Also, there have been discussions over making the defense services stronger in Maldives: Narendra Modi in Maldives.

#06:50 pm: India gives utmost importance to its relationship with Maldives. We want to have a strong partnership with each other. India is willing to help Maldives in every way possible. May the friendship between India and Maldives last forever: PM Modi.

#06:45 pm: PM Narendra Modi in Male, Maldives: Today, I have been conferred with Maldives' highest honour, I humbly accept this it. It is not just an honour conferred upon me but it is respect given to the friendship and relations between our two countries.

#06:26 pm: Maldives: PM Narendra Modi conferred with Maldives' highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, 'The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen'.

#06:04 pm: "Connected by cricket! My friend, President Solih is an ardent cricket fan, so I presented him a cricket bat that has been signed by Team India playing at the CWC2019," Modi said on Twitter.

#06:03 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih a cricket bat been signed by Team India playing at the ICC World Cup 2019.

#05:57 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi & President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih hold delegation level talks in Male.

#05:07 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih hold a meeting in Male.

#04:50 pm: "Reached the Republic of Maldives. This visit indicates the importance India attaches to strong ties with the Republic of Maldives and the desire to boost cooperation in various spheres," PM Modi tweeted.

#04:42 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives ceremonial welcome and guard of honour at Republic Square in Male; President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also present.

#04:36 pm: Maldives: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Republic Square in Male; received by President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

#04:32 pm: WATCH | Launchcade of PM Narendra Modi arriving for the ceremonial welcome at the Republic Square, Male.

#04:00 pm: Great Honour to receive PM Shri @narendramodi at Velana International Airport on his first State Visit overseas after taking oath for a second term. No doubt, this will be a momentous visit that would elevate #Maldives #India relationship to new heights: Abdullah Shahid.

#03:50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Male Airport. PM Modi is on his state visit to Maldives, this is his first overseas visit after his re-election.

#03:40 pm: President @ibusolih has announced his decision to confer on PM of India H.E. @narendramodi the Maldives highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, "The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen" during PM’s visit today. Namaskar, Swagatham ๐Ÿ™: Abdulla Shahid tweeted.

Ahead of his first bilateral visit after retaining power in general elections 2019, Modi said India considers Maldives as a valued partner with whom it shares deep bonds of history and culture. In November, Modi had paid visit to the Maldives to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of President Ibrahim Solih.

First Published: Saturday, June 08, 2019 04:05 PM
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