Indian PM Modi to deliver speech in Hindi language at Maldives parliament

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address at the parliament in the Hindi language, the parliament office has reported.

The influential diplomat is scheduled to speak at the Maldivian parliament at a special sitting at 6:45pm on Saturday evening. Media Director of the parliament, Hussain Ziyau confirmed to AVAS that the speech will be delivered in Hindi.

A live interpretation of Modi's words in the Dhivehi language will be transmitted in real-time for the parliamentarians, and arrangements are being made to have the interpretation displayed on the live-feed of the sitting, which will be televised across the nation, said Ziyau.

"There are some challenges as we have to provide the feed to several channels. However, we are working to make arrangements for the interpretation to be heard during the live feed", he said.

PM Modi is the second foreign diplomat to have the honor of addressing at the Maldivian parliament. In 2011, Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the first foreign diplomat to address at the Maldivian parliament.

Narendra Modi's two-day state visit to the Maldives is his first trip abroad after his astounding victory in the Indian general elections, securing a second term as the Prime Minister of India.

After Modi's arrival on Saturday afternoon, he will be officially welcomed at the Republic Square in capital Male' at 4:00pm. The signing ceremony of agreements between both countries will then follow, after which the coastal surveillance radar system gifted by the government of India, and the MNDF Composite Training System established in Lh. Maafilaafushi will be inaugurated by the PM. A joint press conference by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and PM Modi will then follow.

The Indian PM will then address at the Parliament at 6:45 pm, after which the Prime Minister would attend a special banquet given by President Solih.

PM Modi is also scheduled to meet with former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, leader of Jumhooree Party Gasim Ibrahim, leader of Adhaalath Party and Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla and Vice President Faisal Naseem.

PM Modi will be departing from Maldives on Sunday morning after concluding his visit.