Male, June 8: Reflecting the importance of India's attachment to it's 'Neighbour's First'policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Maldives for his first overseas visit. Enhancing their bonhomie connection, PM Modi was conferred with Maldives Highest Honour 'Order of the rule of Izzudeen'.
Reaching Maldives, PM Modi was received by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. Ministry of external affairs minister Raveesh Kumar tweeted, "Friendship forever! PM @narendramodi arrives in Male, capital of Maldives to a warm reception by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. PM was last here for President (Ibrahim Mohamed) Solih's inauguration ceremony in November 2018."
Owing respect, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded with the 'Order of the rule of Izzudeen', the highest honour presented to a foreign dignitary by Maldives. Apart from Maldives, many other foreign countries have conferred PM Modi with their highest honours.
As a token of gift, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a cricket bat to Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The bat has signatures of the members of the World Cup team.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi & President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also held delegation level talks in Male. The talks focussed on to assist the Maldives in its development and revival of its economy. A slew of MoUs were signed including budgetary support for development projects, extending the Line of Credit for projects like water supply and sewerage, high impact community development projects, customs and white shipping.