Jaishankar meets Maldives president, foreign minister

Male, Jan 11 (IANS) India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Monday met Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon and discussed issues of bilateral cooperation.

“FS Dr Jaishankar meets HE President Yameen. Discusses many areas 4 furthering bilateral cooperation,” the Indian High Commission in Male tweeted.

“FS Dr Jaishankar calls on @MDVForeign Minister HE Dunya Maumoon. Had an excllnt discussion on bilateral cooperation,” it said in another tweet.

Jaishankar arrived here on Monday on a one-day visit as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special envoy.

According to Haveeru online, Yameen apprised Jaishankar of the political developments in the Maldives and “secured the regional superpower’s backing in domestic and international affairs”.

Citing a statement issued by the president’s office in the local Dhivehi language, it said Yameen apprised the Indian foreign secretary of the latest developments in local politics.

He sought India’s assistance in several areas, including domestic and international affairs, ways on improving cooperation in fields of economy, health and regional anti-terrorism efforts.

“The president gave his assurance that his government will continuously work to further improve the close bilateral relations between the Maldives and India,” the report quoted the statement as saying.

“The Indian foreign secretary assured the president that India will always give its fullest cooperation to the Maldives,” it added.

Jaishankar later met Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on Monday afternoon.

Jaishankar visited the Indian Ocean archipelago nation in August last year.

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