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EAM S Jaishankar holds talks with Maldivian Foreign Minister | India News


NEW DELHI: The Maldives on Friday asked India for an assured supply of commodities as the two sides discussed a plethora of issues related to bilateral, regional and international domains, the sources said.
The commodity supply issue was featured in talks between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid, who is on a two-day trip to India.
The sources said that Shahid requested the Indian side to renew the notifications of the DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) regarding the assured supply of essential commodities to Maldives from India under the bilateral trade agreement.
They said Jaishankar assured that India’s commitment will be honored.
It was the eighth meeting between the two foreign ministers since November 2018, when the government of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took office in the Maldives.
Shahid also addressed the Raisina Dialogue.
“We welcome FM @abdulla_shahid from the Maldives. I appreciate their participation in the Raisina Dialogue. I noticed the steady progress in our association. We will work closely also in the international arena,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The sources said that the two ministers discussed issues of mutual interest belonging to the bilateral, regional and international domains. The coronavirus pandemic and avenues of Indian assistance to the island nation to cope with it were also discussed, they said.
In the talks, Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s support for the Maldives’ candidacy as president of the 76th UN General Assembly, the sources said.
They said that the two sides also expressed satisfaction with the increasing number of Indian tourists visiting the Maldives, which is helping the Maldives economy in these difficult times.
Under the bilateral air bubble deal, India is already the number one tourism market for the Maldives and Indian tourists account for 23 percent of international tourist arrivals to that country, the sources said.
The two ministers also reviewed the status of ongoing projects with assistance from India in the Maldives.
India is currently developing projects worth USD 2 billion covering a large number of areas such as ports, roads, bridges, water and sanitation systems, as well as socio-economic development.
Both ministers also exchanged views on international organizations such as the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Commonwealth and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and developments of common interest in the region.

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