Friendship of India & Maldives As Deep As Indian Ocean, Will Continue Cooperation : PM Modi

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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described India-Maldives friendship as deep as the Indian Ocean and said that New Delhi would continue its cooperation to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on its economy. The Prime Minister’s statement came after the response of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih in which he expressed gratitude for India’s $ 50 crore assistance for the massive infrastructure project in Maldives. India on Thursday announced a $ 40 crore loan facility and a $ 10 crore grant to implement the important connectivity project in the Maldives.

President Solih tweeted, thanking the people of India and Prime Minister Modi for this, “A landmark moment in Maldives-India cooperation today as we receive Indian assistance of USD250 million as budget support and USD500 million for the Greater Malé Connectivity Project. I thank PM @narendramodi and the Indian people for their generosity and friendship.”

Retweeting Solih’s tweet, Modi wrote,”Thank you, President @ibusolih! India will continue to support the Maldives in mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our special friendship is, and will always remain, as deep as the waters of the Indian Ocean.”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said after extensive discussions on a wide range of topics with his Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid on Thursday that India would provide a $ 40 crore loan facility and a $ 10 crore grant to implement the important connectivity project in the Maldives. Officials said the 6.7-km GMCP would be the largest civilian infrastructure project in Maldives that would connect Male with the three neighboring islands – Villingili, Gulhifahu and Thilafusi.

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