Foundation laid for new Indian Embassy building

Foundation was laid Wednesday to build the new Indian Embassy building on the land allocated in Hulhumale' to the India High Commission.

An area of 30,000 sq ft was allocated from Phase Two of the reclaimed suburbs to build accommodation for diplomatic missions. It has been decided that all foreign embassies will be relocated to the area.

While it was initially planned to lay the foundation of the new embassy building during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Maldives, the ceremony was delayed until now.

Foreign Ministry revealed that the new Embassy's foundation was laid on Wednesday morning by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, and India's External Affair Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Minister Subrahmanyam ix currently visiting the Maldives to participate in the Indian Ocean Conference.

The current Indian Embassy is situated in the former President of Maldives Mohamed Ameen's family residence, H. Athireege.