India to renovate IGMH

The Indian government has announced its decision to renovate Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH). The state-run hospital was a gift presented to Maldives from the Indian government.

The project was launched by the Indian Foreign Minister Shushma Swaraj, during an official two day visit to the island nation. Although no other details are available on the project, the Maldivian Foreign Ministry revealed that the renovation project is a grant from the Indian government.

The Maldivian government has signed three agreements with the Indian government, including an agreement to grant more liberal visas for travelers holding diplomatic and official passports, and an agreement on development and renewable energy.

The Indian Foreign Minister's Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid expressed his pleasure on the three newly signed agreements in a social media tweet. Minister Shahid said extensive discussions on various topics took place between the governments, stating that he was pleased with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s progress in fulfilling his presidential vows.

After the two foreign ministers concluded their meeting, the Indian minister met with other ministers on the cabinet as well as the Speaker of Parliament Gasim Ibrahim.