President Nasheed meets with President of INC, three business organizations and signs a trade agreement with CII
President Mohamed Nasheed and First Lady
Laila Ali arrived yesterday afternoon in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on a
State Visit. Upon arrival they were welcomed on arrival at the New Delhi
Airport by the India Foreign Secretary Mr. Shivshankar Menon, officials of
the Maldivesâ€™ High Commission in India and protocol officials of the government
Yesterday, President Nasheed also met with
the President of the Indian National Congress, Shrimathi Sonia Gandhi.
The meeting was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel.
In their meeting the President and Smt. Sonia
Gandhi discussed on the ways of strengthening bilateral relations and on
possible areas of cooperation between the Maldives and India.
The President also thanked the Indian
Government for its support and assistances to the Maldives. In this regard he
noted that Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital stand as the most visible icon of
the close friendship between the Maldives and India. Further, he noted the
quick assistances of India, following the 2004 tsunami.
Noting that the Lakshadweep
islands of India have many features common with the islands of Maldives, the
President said that Maldivian resort developers were interested in sharing
their expertise with India in developing such islands as resorts.
Smt. Sonia Gandhi accepted an invitation by
the President to visit the Maldives and said that she looked forward to visit
Furthermore, President Nasheed met with senior
officials and some members of the Confederation of Indian Industry; Associated
Chambers of Commerce and Industry; and Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry. The meeting was held last evening at the Taj Mahal
In his address at the meeting, the President
welcomed the participants to explore the various investment opportunities in
the Maldives. Highlighting that the Maldives offered a very attractive and
stable environment for foreign investors he said that the Government gave priority
in attracting further investment from countries such as India. Following his
speech the President received warm acclaim from the participants of the
The Government of Maldives also readily
signed a trade agreement with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The
signing of the agreement was held yesterday, at a meeting held with the senior
officials of CII. President Nasheed attended the meeting.
The agreement was signed by Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed and by the President of CII,
Mr. Harish Narula.
Speaking at the meeting, the officials of CII
noted that the Maldives, especially the northern islands, lie very close with
India and that they believe that the Maldives gave high priority to protect the
channel between the two countries. Further, they discussed with the President
on ways of taking this venture in collaboration with India. They also noted
this channel was also an important trade route.