India, Maldives sign bilateral agreements

December 24th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): India and Maldives inked on credit standing facility and air services here today.
The agreements were signed after the talks between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the visiting Maldives President Mohammad ”Anni” Nasheed.
Nasheed, who is on a three-day visit to India, said his government was seeking Indian industrialists, entrepreneurs to be partners in joint ventures in running the present state owned industries in Maldives.
Apart from it, the two countries will also push for strengthening ties between the two countries in the changed regime in Maldives.
President Nasheed is scheduled to attend a high-level business meeting with Maldivian delegation later today.
Nasheed will also call on his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil who will host a banquet in his honour this evening.
He is accompanied by a high level delegation including a number of ministers and senior officials.
This is the first official visit of Nasheed as Maldivian President after defeating Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, longest-serving leader of the country.
Maldives enjoys strong and cordial relations with India and has been a major partner of Maldives development extending generous assistance.
The Indian Government has pledged 100 million dollars in aid to Maldives during the recent visit of the new Government’’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed. (ANI)

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