India's Modi surprises Maldives with Tweet in Dhivehi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted in Maldives' local language 'Dhivehi', sharing a song tribute by Maldivian singers in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Sharing the song 'Vaishnav Jan To' performed in Hindi by Maldivian artists Mohamed Shahid and Mariyam Waheeda, PM Modi wrote in Dhivehi language, in both the Maldivian script 'Thaana' and romanized in the Latin alphabet, heaping praise on the "talented singers" highlighting how Gandhi's philosophy remains reflected in the lives of Maldivians.

Modi in his Tweet said Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of peace, sustainable development, and cleanliness remain reflected in the Maldivian lifestyle.

Many Maldivians were pleasantly surprised by Modi's Tweet and signals improved relations between the once two friendly nations following Maldives opposition's stunning victory in last month's presidential elections.

Bilateral ties between the two countries had soured after Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdulla Gayoom in February declared state of emergency following an order by the country’s Supreme Court to release a group of opposition leaders convicted in widely criticised trials.