New Delhi: Newly elected President and Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid arrived in India on Wednesday on a three-day visit for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India is the first country for Shahid to visit in his official capacity as the elected President of the United Nations General Assembly after being elected to the post on June 7. India had supported Shahid's candidature for the coveted post.
The Ministry of External Affairs said Shahid will make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss major international, multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. An agreement will also be signed for high impact community development projects to be implemented in Maldives with Indian grant-in-aid during the visit. The Ministry of External Affairs said Jaishankar will also host an official dinner in honor of the newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.
"The visit of the newly elected President will provide an opportunity to exchange views with him on the many global challenges that are currently facing the United Nations," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. It will also provide an opportunity to reiterate India's commitment to multilateralism and to the leadership of the United Nations in meeting these challenges." Shahid last visited India in April as Foreign Minister of Maldives.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that Maldives holds a central position as part of India's 'neighbourhood first' policy and the Prime Minister's SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision. It said Jaishankar and Shahid are expected to review all aspects of bilateral cooperation. "The discussions are expected to give further impetus to the rapidly growing ties between the two countries," the Ministry of External Affairs said. An agreement will also be signed to implement high-impact community development projects with Indian grant-in-aid in Maldives. "