Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his two-day visit to the Maldives has been conferred with the country’s highest honour – “Rule of Nidhan Izzuddeen”.
Maldives’ President – Ibrahim Md Solih presented the prestigious award to PM Modi on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid took to Twitter to write about PM Modi – “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” emphasizing that it is Maldives’ highest honour.
PM Modi is on a state visit to further cement ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Upon PM Modi’s arrival, he exchanged pleasantries with President Solih at the Republic Square, where he was then accorded with a ceremonial welcome as per tradition.
PM Modi also inspected the guard of honour. Earlier, both – President Solih and PM Modi held delegation-level talks while the two nations sign a number of agreements for strengthening bilateral ties in a variety of key areas including defence.
Such a visit by an Indian Prime Minister is the first at the bilateral level, in eight years. However, Prime Minister Modi has had visited the Maldives in November 2018 to attend President Solih’s swearing-in.
Ties between the two nations haven’t always been stable. The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen had imposed emergency on February 5,t year. Decisions like the imposition of restrictions on work visas for Indians and signing of a new Free Trade Agreement with Beijing can be said to have raised issues. However, the relation is back on track under President Solih.
(Article contributed by Ojasvini Sondhi)