In a move to augment India’s diplomatic presence in the Maldives and commensurate it with the aspired level of engagement, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a green signal to the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives, in 2021.
India and Maldives observe commonality in ethnicity, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity. Maldives occupies an important place in the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and the ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision of the Government of India. Under the leadership of PM Modi and his counterpart in Maldives President Solih, the momentum and energy in the bilateral relationship of the two countries have reached unprecedented levels.
This is also a forward-looking step in pursuit of our national priority of growth and development or ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Augmentation of India’s diplomatic presence will, inter-alia, provide market access for Indian companies and bolster Indian exports of goods and services. This would have a direct impact in augmenting domestic production and employment in line with our goal of building a self-reliant India.
(With inputs from PIB)