Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Solih sworn in as Maldives president, replacing pro-China leader

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Asean Summit in Singapore on Nov 15 2018. His visit to the Maldives will be the first by an Indian head of government since 2011 CBK in the Maldives for oath taking of new President
Steven Clarke | 18 November, 2018, 07:44

Male: Seen as a fresh revival of ties between India and the Maldives, the two countries agreed to work on peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region following a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday.

Solih emerged as common opposition candidate as all key dissidents were either jailed or forced into exile by Yameen who took power following a controversial run-off in 2013.

Solih's triumph in the Maldives contrasts with political turmoil in Sri Lanka, where the president has tried to unilaterally sack his prime minister and appoint the country's former pro-China strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place. He said, India strongly desires to see a stable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Republic of Maldives.

Solih, a veteran politician, won the presidential election in September against the former president Abdulla Yameen, a strongman who steered the country closer to China and faced worldwide pressure over imprisoning political rivals.

PM Modi had recently accepted the invitation extended by Solih to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

Modi was the senior-most foreign leader to attend the ceremony in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation that went through huge political turmoil under former President Abdulla Yameen.

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A joint statement was also released which noted the "resilience of relations between India and the Maldives", and both leaders "expressed confidence in the renewal of close bonds of cooperation and friendship with the election of Mr Solih as President of the Maldives".

During a recent visit to Colombo in the middle of his election campaign, Solih told reporters that he wanted to fix ties with immediate neighbours Sri Lanka and India.

Solih was sworn in at a special ceremony at the National Football Stadium in the capital Male. This is the first visit of Prime Minister Modi to Maldives and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Indo- Maldives relations.

Significantly, the assurance of assistance by India was furnished after President Solih pointed to the "dire economic situation" facing his country and sought help from India in meeting his Government's "pledges to the people of the Maldives".

The previous administration had also taken numerous loans from China that pushed the country into debt, similar to other countries in the region including Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The minister of foreign affairs of Maldives will also be visiting India on November 26 to hold further discussions and to prepare for President Solih's impending visit.

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