Ahead of new president’s oath-taking, India minister reviews Delhi-funded project in Maldives
Kiren Rijiju is in the island-nation at the invitation of Maldives president-elect Mohamed Muizzu to represent India at his inaugural ceremony.
(L-R) Maldives incoming president Mohamed Muizzu (Photo by MOHAMED AFRAH/AFP via Getty Images) and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
INDIAN earth sciences minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday (17) inspected the progress of work of an India-funded major connectivity project in the Maldives that is expected to usher economic development and prosperity in the country.
Rijiju is currently in the island-nation at the invitation of Maldives president-elect Mohamed Muizzu to represent India at the inaugural ceremony of the presidency.
Under the Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP) project, a 6.74-kilometre-long bridge and causeway link will be built to connect Maldives’ capital city Male with the adjoining islands of Villingli, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi. It is funded under a grant of USD 100 million and a Line of Credit of $400 million (£322 million) from India.
“Glad to witness the progress of works of Greater Male Connectivity Project in Maldives. Project is being undertaken under the Govt of India’s concessional Line of Credit and Grant and is expected to usher economic development and prosperity in the Greater Male Region,” Rijiju, posted on X.
Earlier in the day, Rijiju called on the vice president of the Republic of Seychelles, Ahmed Afif, and discussed their multi-dimensional bilateral relationship.
The ministry of external affairs has said that the high-level ministerial representation from India at the inaugural ceremony of president-elect Muizzu underscores India’s commitment to further deepen the substantive cooperation and robust people-to-people ties between the two countries.
Muizzu, a close associate of former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen, defeated incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, known to be India-friendly, in the presidential runoff held in September.
(With PTI inputs)