Ex pres Nasheed meets with Indian PM

Former President Mohamed Nasheed met with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Friday.

In a Tweet published following the meeting, Nasheed said a strong, stable, and prosperous Maldives is not just in the interests of the Maldivian people, but the whole Indian Ocean region. No other details of the meeting was disclosed by either party.

Nasheed is visiting India on the invitation of Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Nehru University. The former president delievered a speech on Democracy at Nehru University, while he is scheduled to speak on climate change at ICCR.

This is the first time the former president is traveling to India after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took Office in November, although he frequently visited the country during his time in self-exile before the new government took over administration.

The bilateral relations between Maldives and India has improved significantly after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took Office in November, before which the relationship between both countries was extremely strained. President Nasheed has always been an advocate of India.

While Nasheed is now visiting India, the issue of helicopters gifted by India to the Maldives has become a pressing debate, with former Home Minister Umar Naseer organizing a mass protest over the continued use of the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government.