The Indian government has granted permission for 36 Maldivian patients who require urgent medical care to travel to the country.
Speaking at a press conference held at the President's Office on Tuesday, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Indian High Commission has provided assurance that the Maldivian patients will be allowed to travel to India for their treatment.
A statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Maldives also said the Indian government has granted permission for 36 Maldivian patients requiring urgent medical care to travel to Cochin, India, including cancer patients requiring radiation therapy. The Maldives Foreign Ministry revealed that the patients are scheduled to fly to Cochin next week.
India's borders remain closed as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maldives government has thanked the Indian government for facilitating the travel, and noted that the gesture is another example of the age-old friendship between the two nations.