Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be embarking on a two-day official visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka tomorrow. This would be his first visit abroad after his re-election. In the first leg of his two-nation tour, Mr Modi will reach Male where he is scheduled to hold discussions on a range of subjects, including deepening economic, political and strategic relations.
He will address the Maldivian Parliament, besides meeting all key leaders of the island nation including President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Mr Modi will also inaugurate two key projects sponsored by India, including coastal surveillance radar system and the Composite Training Centre for the Maldives National Defence Force.
Mr Modi’s Sri Lankan visit on Sunday is regarded as a show of solidarity with the neighbouring nation after the recent suicide bombings there. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Maldives and Srilanka visit is in conformity with his foreign policy of ‘Neighbourhood First.’ It may be recalled that he met the leaders of all BIMSTEC nations after his swearing-in ceremony.