As part of India’s neighbourhood first policy, four projects were jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. On the day of inauguration, the city of Male was lit up with over 2500 LED lights.
Other than lighting the city, 2,00,000 LED bulbs have been distributed to households across the country. The other 3 projects are — the launch of RuPay card, gifting Fast Interceptor Craft and 3 Fish processing plants.
As part of the growing engagement between Male and New Delhi, the prime minister visited Maldives as his first foreign destination in his second term. Last year in November 2018, he visited the country during the oath-taking ceremony of President Solih. December this year marks one year since the visit of President Solih to India, his first foreign visit abroad after being elected as President.