Maldives President invites Indian industrialists to invest in his country

December 24th, 2008 - 4:54 pm ICT by ANI  

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New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Maldives President Mohammad ”Anni” Nasheed extended an invitation to Indian industrialists and entrepreneurs to invest in state owned industries in Maldives.
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.
“During the last so many years, the government of Maldives has accumulated a number of state owned industries. We are seeking Indian industrialists, entrepreneurs to be partners in joint ventures in running the industries in Maldives,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nasheed is meeting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to push for strenghtening ties between the two countries following change in the regime in Maldives.
Besides this the two leaders are expected to sign many agreements on various areas of cooperation.
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, Asia’’s longest-serving leader.
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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