Maldives’ President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih invites PM Modi to attend oath-taking ceremony

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Maldives’ President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who won in a dramatic turn of events ousting Abdulla Yameen, has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend his oath-taking ceremony.

The oath-taking ceremony will be held in November and a team is already working on the inauguration ceremony.

President Solih’s spokesperson Mariya Ahmed Didi said on Wednesday that Modi was invited to the ceremony during a telephonic conversation between the two sides following Solih’s victory in the presidential elections.

According to the sources, Maldives is the only South Asian neighbour that Modi has not visited since taking office in 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first world leader to call Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and congratulated him on his victory.

A statement by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) states, “The two leaders agreed to work closely together to further strengthen the friendly, close and good neighbourly relations between the two countries.”

The Ministry of External Affairs said that the election marks the “triumph” of democratic forces in the Maldives and also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law.