PM Modi to lay foundation of new embassy building during visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation of the new Indian Embassy during his upcoming state-visit to the Maldives, it has been reported.

It was announced that a plot of land would be allocated for the construction of a new embassy building in the reclaimed suburbs during Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swarej’s visit to the Maldives in March.

Speaking to AVAS on Thursday, an official from the Foreign Ministry revealed that the land has now been allocated for the purpose from Hulhumale Phase Two through Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and confirmed that PM Modi will be laying the building’s foundation during his visit this weekend. It has been reported that the plot was allocated from the special area designated for the construction of all foreign embassies.

AVAS has also learnt that an area of 30,000 acre-foot has been designated as accommodation for diplomatic missions, however, no official confirmation on the size has been received thus far.

The Indian government has revealed that several agreements will be signed between the two countries during PM Modi’s two-day visit to the archipelago.

Senior officials from India’s External Affairs Ministry revealed during a press conference regarding the visit that agreements on training civil servants, and on customs and shipping, along with aid agreements for different sectors will be signed between both countries during the visit.

While it has been confirmed that the PM will address the Maldivian Parliament at 6:45pm on Saturday night, the archipelago is currently preparing for the Indian Prime Minister's arrival on June 8 - his first trip abroad after his astounding victory in the Indian general elections last month securing a second term as the PM.