India to establish cancer hospital in Maldives

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that a cancer treatment hospital will be established in the Maldives.

Prime Minister Modi made the announcement while speaking at the video conference with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Wednesday evening to mark the launch of four developmental projects in the Maldives.

In his remark, PM Modi said one of the key aspects of close relations between India and the Maldives is the people to people relations, and said india will always assist in bringing benefit to the Maldivian people.

In this regard, India is working on building a cancer hospital and a cricket stadium in reclaimed suburbs Hulhumale', announced PM Modi. He further revealed that water and sanitation projects in 34 islands will begin soon under Indian assistance.

Speaking about development cooperation over the next few years, the Indian Prime Minister expressed his confidence that India’s assistance would bring many benefits to the people of the Maldives.

“As a close friend and maritime member, India is committed to continue partnering with Maldives for democracy and development. We will also enhance our cooperation for peace and mutual security in the Indian Ocean Region,” the Prime Minister said.

Four development agreements were exchanged between India and Maldives during the video conference between Presiden Solih and Prime Minister 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. This is the first time for the Maldives to exchange bilateral agreements with another country via video conferencing.

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.