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India will work to further strengthen the excellent relations with Maldives- High Commissioner

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Indian High Commissioner to Maldives Rajeev Shahare has said that India will work to mend ties with the Maldives.

The High Commissioner made this remark speaking at the ceremony held last night at the Indian Navy Ship Sujata which is anchored in Male’ harbour.

High Commissioner Shahare said that since this is his first address in the Maldives following his appointment as the new Indian High Commissioner to Maldives he will first highlight on the age old relationship between India and Maldives.

In this regard, the High Commissioner underscored the importance of strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. He said that this strengthening of relations is indicative of the vitality and growing importance of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

High Commissioner Shahare said that the political, economic and trade cooperation, as well as in international and regional affairs should be further expanded and deepened according to the principles of friendship and mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit, coordination, mutual learning and working together for development.

During the ceremony India gifted Maldives with spare parts of the helicopter India earlier granted to the Maldives National Defence Force, MNDF. India also granted gym equaipments worth of 4 million Maldivian Ruffiya to MNDF.

Some foreign diplomats in Maldives, Foreign Minister Dr. Abdu Samad Abdullah, Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim and some other cabinet ministers and government top officials participated in last night’s event.

Meanwhile, Rajeev Shahare was appointed as the new High Commissioner to Maldives on 28 February 2013, replacing D M Mulay.

Shahare was a Joint Secretary in the West Asia North Africa division of Ministry of External Affairs. D M Mulay, on the other hand, has now been appointed as the India’s Consul General in New York. He would take up office in March 2013.

The appointment of Rajeev Shahare came at a time when bilateral relations between India and Maldives are suffering because of termination of contract to GMR for Male International Airport modernisation.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/india-will-work-further-strengthen-the-excellent-relations-maldives-hig