We have been the first helper on many occasions, Jaishankar selectively enumerated India’s favors to the Foreign Minister of Maldives.

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The Indian side did not mention China or its diplomatic developments since President Mohammad Muizzu took charge in September last year. Jaishankar emphasized how New Delhi has maintained its Neighborhood First policy and remains committed to being present to help the archipelagic nation whenever needed.

The foreign ministers of India and Maldives met in the national capital New Delhi for the first time after the deterioration in relations between the two countries. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, while welcoming his Maldives counterpart Musa Zameer, emphasized that relations between the two countries are based on mutual interests and mutual sensitivity. The Indian side, however, did not mention China or its diplomatic changes since President Mohammad Muizzu took charge in September last year. Jaishankar emphasized how New Delhi has maintained its Neighborhood First policy and remains committed to being present to help the archipelagic nation whenever needed.

The development of our relations as close and nearest neighbors is clearly based on mutual interests and mutual sensitivity. As far as India is concerned, these are expressed in the context of our Neighbor First policy and SAGAR approach. Jaishankar said, I am hopeful that our meeting today will enable us to strengthen the convergence of our approaches in various fields. Jaishankar said that we have given financial assistance on favorable terms earlier also. India has been of first aid to Maldives on many occasions. Jaishankar said our cooperation has also enhanced the security and well-being of your country through shared activities, equipment, capacity building and training.

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