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QUESTION NO.2887 BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH MALDIVES

July 18, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2887
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.07.2019

BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH MALDIVES

2887. SHRI SAMBHAJI CHHATRAPATI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the visit of the Prime Minister to Maldives was aimed at giving a push to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

(b) the major areas identified by both the counties for follow up action in future and whether some agreements were also signed on the occasion; and

(c) whether cultural interaction between the two counties also figured during the discussions and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a) to (c) Yes. Under its ‘Neighborhood First’ policy, Government of India is committed to developing friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all its neighbors, including Maldives.

During Prime Minister’s visit to Male in June 2019, India and Maldives agreed to further strengthen and deepen their partnership. GoI has agreed to develop people-centric and socio-economic projects in the areas of water and sanitation, urban development and community infrastructure, supporting local SMEs, development of sports and furthering cooperation in sectors like port development, health, education, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, environment and energy. Six agreements were signed in the areas of white shipping, hydrography, health cooperation, ferry and cargo services and cooperation in capacity building in customs and civil services.

A comprehensive Culture Action Plan has been devised to further the cultural and educational interaction, including inter alia through exchange of cultural delegations, capacity building exercises, facilitating digitization of traditional knowledge, restoration of historical sites etc.

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