Vice President arrives in India on Official Visit

Vice President Faisal Naseem on Wednesday arrived in Thiruvananthapuram, India, on a three-day official visit.

The Vice President will visit Kerala and Karnataka state during his visit to the country and focus on bolstering existing people-to-people ties between the people of the two neighbouring nation, said the President's Office.

Vice President Faisal Naseem is also scheduled to hold discussions on improving bilateral ties during this trip.

While VP Faisal is visiting India, four development agreements were exchanged between India and Maldives on Wednesday in a video conference between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The agreements include establishing neighbourhood fish processing plants in Addu City, acceptance of the RuPay Card in the Maldives, gifting LED street lamps to Malé City and gifting in-shore patrol vessel to Maldives Coast Guard.

Bilateral relations between the Maldives and India have strengthened significantly since President Solih was elected as President in 2018. While Modi has visited the Maldives twice since then, President Solih has also visited India. The neighbouring country has extended several grant aids to Maldives.