India committed to Maldives' security & stability: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma SwarajMale : India on Monday reaffirmed its strong commitment towards security, stability and prosperity of Maldives while favouring expansion of ties in areas like trade and investment.

External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon during which bilateral and regional issues of mutual interests were discussed.

Swaraj made a transit halt here on her return from Mauritius, where she was on a three-day visit.

Both Ministers discussed matters of bilateral importance, including upcoming projects in Maldives executed with India's assistance.

Maldives President Waheed steps down

Mohamed-WaheedMale, Nov 15 : Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Friday stepped down as president as the country prepared to hold the second round of the presidential election.

In a farewell speech, Waheed said one of the priorities during his tenure was to enhance the area of foreign relations, adding that the long standing non-aligned, independent foreign policy with an Islamic character was changed by the then (Nasheed) government, Xinhua reported.

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