UNGA Prez-elect arrives in India on three-day visit

New Delhi : President-elect of the 76th United Nations General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid on Wednesday arrived here on a three-day visit.

This is Mr Shahid’s first foreign visit as President-Elect since his election on June 7. He had last visited India in April in his capacity as the Maldives Foreign Minister.

During the visit, Mr Shahid will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold talks with External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on key international, multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

The MEA underlined that the visit of PGA-elect will provide an opportunity to exchange views on several global challenges that the United Nations is currently seized with. It will also give us an opportunity to reiterate India’s abiding commitment to multilateralism and to the UN’s leadership in confronting these challenges, it added.

Maldives occupies a central place as part of India’s Neighbourhood First policy and the SAGAR vision of the Prime Minister and the two Ministers are also expected to review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation between the two sides.

“The discussions are expected to give further momentum to the rapidly expanding ties between the two countries,” the MEA noted.

An agreement for High Impact Community Development Projects to be implemented with Indian grant assistance in the Maldives will also be signed during the visit, the Ministry said.


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