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Maldivian President among invitees for PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu is one of the leaders from neighbouring countries invited to the upcoming swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is likely to take the oath for his third successive term in office on June 9.

Maldives joins the list of top leaders from neighboring countries, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Mauritius. However, there has been no confirmation yet from the Maldivian side on Muizzu’s attendance.

The attendance of the heads of state from neighboring countries highlights the success and effectiveness of India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy, which aims to foster closer ties and cooperation with neighboring countries in the changing geopolitical landscape.

Earlier, President Mohamed Muizzu congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the BJP-led NDA on their success in the 2024 general elections for the third consecutive term.

The Maldivian president stated that he is looking forward to working with PM Modi to advance shared interests in pursuit of the prosperity of both nations.

In response to his post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu for his wishes on the results of the Lok Sabha elections and said he looks forward to closer cooperation to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.

He said Male is New Delhi’s valued partner and neighbour in the Indian Ocean Region.

Ties between New Delhi and Male deteriorated earlier this year after Maldivian officials made derogatory remarks about the Indian Prime Minister. However, during a visit last month, Foreign Minister of Maldives Moosa Zameer, while speaking with ANI, distanced his government from the derogatory remarks made by some of its ministers against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said it was not the stand of the government and that “proper action” has been taken to ensure that it is not repeated.

Manu global leaders offered their heartfelt congratulations to PM Modi and the BJP-led NDA government on their third consecutive victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, have confirmed they will be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources confirmed on Thursday.

Both Hasina and her Nepal counterpart Dahal had previously extended their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the performance of the NDA in the 18th Lok Sabha elections.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has also accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

PM Modi is likely to take the oath on June 9 after the BJP-led NDA narrowly surpassed the majority mark, winning 293 seats in the 18th Lok Sabha elections, while the opposition INDIA bloc secured 234 seats.



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