Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated the decision to visit Maldives as his first visit overseas destination after winning the Indian general elections attests to the Indian government's commitment to strengthening relations with Maldives.
In a tweet published in Maldivian language 'Dhivehi' after his arrival in the Maldives, PM Modi said choosing to visit Maldives on his first trip overseas during his second term emphasizes the importance of the bilateral relations that exist between both countries, and the Indian government's keenness to develop relations with Maldives in different sectors.
'This visit indicates the importance India attaches to strong ties with the Republic of Maldives and the desire to boost cooperation in various spheres', read the tweet.
This is the second instance where PM Modi tweeted in Dhivehi. His first tweet in 'Thaana' was published congratulating two Maldivian artists who contributed musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through the song released by the Indian government on occasion of his 150th birthday.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in the Maldives at 3:00pm on Saturday. Six agreements on five sectors will be signed during the two-day visit.
PM Modi will be honored with Order of the rule of Izzudeen, the highest award given to any foreign national. He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the Maldives Parliament.