Newsroom | India-Maldives Relations | Maybe Maldives has come to its senses!! Can the Foreign Minister of Mohammad Muizzu government come to India to say SORRY?

Maldivian Foreign Minister Musa Zameer is likely to visit India on May 10, marking an important diplomatic engagement between the two countries. The visit will be the first high-level visit by a senior official of the Muizu government to India since the government took charge in November last year. Watch to know more.

Maldives Foreign Minister Musa Zameer likely to visit India on May 10

For Maldives’ new Foreign Minister Musa Zameer, a possible visit to India around May 10 will certainly be one of his toughest tasks. They need to instill confidence in the Indian leadership that the archipelago is still a reliable partner of India, especially after its President Mohammad Muizzu has adopted an openly pro-China stance in the past few months, thereby eroding Male’s long standing relationship with New Delhi. Relationships that have been going on since have been damaged.

His upcoming visit to India was reported by Times of India, Zameer is trying to prepare a favorable ground before his visit. On April 27, 2024, he thanked India for its decision to increase exports of essential supplies to the island nation for the financial year 2024-25, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries. Maldives Foreign Minister took to Twitter to express his gratitude to India and also referred to his country’s relations with New Delhi as a ‘long-standing friendship’.

India lifts export ban on essential goods to Maldives

Recently, India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade announced in a notification that exports to Maldives have been authorized under the bilateral trade agreement for the year 2024-25. The decision assumes special significance as it comes amid the diplomatic standoff between the two countries, which began after Maldives President Mohammed Muizzu defected to China after assuming the presidency last November.

The agreement covers export of essential commodities including eggs, potatoes, onions, rice, wheat flour, sugar and pulses from India to Maldives. Additionally, India will supply stones and river sand to Maldives. Previously, export of these items was either prohibited or restricted.

India, Maldives hold talks to enhance trade cooperation

India on May 1 said it looks forward to strengthening bilateral economic cooperation with Maldives as its envoy held discussions with a senior minister of the archipelagic nation. Maldives Economic Development and Trade Minister Mohammed Saeed on Tuesday met Indian High Commissioner to the archipelago nation Munu Mahawar.

The meeting was held at the request of the Government of Maldives to allow export of certain quantities of essential commodities by India for the year 2024-25 and ahead of the May 10 deadline imposed by President Mohammed Muizzu for the complete repatriation of 88 Indian military personnel. It happened a few weeks after it happened. his country.

Earlier on April 5, demonstrating a strong commitment to support human-centric development in the archipelagic nation, India said the request to allow export of certain quantities of essential commodities for the year 2024-25 is “a unique It was being done under bilateral mechanism. Under which the quota for each of these items has been revised upward.

Quotas for eggs, potatoes, onions, sugar, rice, wheat flour and pulses (dal) also increased by 5 per cent and the approved quantity was the highest since the system was introduced in 1981.

The India and Maldives Trade Agreement of 1981 provides for the export of essential goods. Growing from modest beginnings, India-Maldives bilateral trade crossed the $300 million mark for the first time in 2021, going on to cross the $500 million mark in 2022, according to Indian High Commission records.

It further said that “India emerges as Maldives’ second largest trading partner in 2022 and largest in 2023. Indian imports from Maldives mainly consist of scrap metals, while Indian exports to Maldives include a variety of engineering and industrial products such as drugs and pharmaceuticals, radar equipment, rock. Apart from this, boulders, aggregates, cement and agricultural products like rice, spices, fruits, vegetables and poultry products etc.

The April 5 announcement also said the quota of river sand and stone aggregates, important for the booming construction industry in the Maldives, has been increased by 25% to 1,000,000 metric tonnes.

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