India values its relations with Maldives, says Indian PM

Indian PM Narendra Modi has stated that India would always value its relations with Maldives.

Retweeting and replying to Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s congratulatory message on PM Modi’s re-election win in the Indian general elections, PM Modi said he looked forward to working closely with the Maldivian government to further strengthen the multifaceted partnership between both countries.

Former presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom also congratulated the Indian PM on social media.

Conveying his congratulations, President Nasheed said he looked forward to continuing the close co-operation between both countries. In response, PM Modi stated that the India-Maldives partnership rests on the shared vision of peace, development and prosperity of both countries and the South Asian region.

Early election results confirm that while 542 parliamentarians have been elected to the 'Lok Sabha', the Lower House of India's bicameral Parliament, Modi’s BJP is in the lead with over 300 seats. Opposing Indian National Congress (INC) is projected to win around 100 seats.

Over 900 million people are eligible to vote in the Indian General Election.