When Ibrahim Solih arrives in Delhi next week for his first foreign trip as president of the Maldives, he will be greeted by a red-carpet welcome and a host bearing gifts.
India is set to offer a line of credit amounting to least $700 million – a large chunk of which the Maldivian government wants to utilise for shifting and expanding the strategically-located Indian Ocean nation’s main international port.
Solih will be in Delhi on December 17, which will be his first official foreign trip after his upset victory over the incumbent Abdulla Yameen at the time. With India having a strained relationship with Yameen, New Delhi viewed the opposition’s victory with a sigh of relief and an opportunity to mend an important relationship.
With less than a week left, negotiations are well underway about the deliverables that would be signed during the visit. Read More