Solih takes oath today as Maldivian President; PM Modi to attend inauguration ceremony in Male

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Photograph:( AFP )

WION Delhi, India Nov 17, 2018, 11.14 AM (IST) Siddhant Sibal

The new president of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will take oath today in Male in a ceremony that will take place at the national stadium.  

Nearly 46 countries will send representatives to attend the inauguration ceremony with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visiting the country to take part in the ceremony. 17 foreign dignitaries will be present during the ceremony in which Indian PM's presence will be the highest level presence by any country.

This will be the first visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Maldives. Maldives is the only SAARC country PM Modi did not visit after taking charge in the year 2014.

Announcing the visit, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had last week said, " Prime Minister has accepted the invitation with pleasure. In keeping with her Neighborhood First policy, India looks forward to closely working with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership. PM will return to New Delhi on the same night" .

Maldivian news organisation Raajje has reported that the inauguration stage "resembles the Maldives parliament."

Other countries which will be present at the ceremony will be China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, US, UAE, Palestine, Morocco, Seychelles, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Serbia. SAARC will be represented by the secretary general of the grouping Amjad Hussain Sial. 

Former president of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will be also present at the oath-taking ceremony. Sri Lanka is also sending Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Minister of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports Faiszer Mustapha.

Asian heavyweights China and Japan are also sending their envoys. Bejing is sending Luo Shugang Minister of Culture and Tourism as Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping while from Tokyo, Wataru Takeshita, Member of House of Representatives of Japan as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in attendance.

After the ceremony, a reception will take place at Kurumba Maldives. Indian PM will meet president Solih there. 

Meanwhile, former president Yameen has decided to boycott the oath taking ceremony with the spokesperson at the President’s Office Ibrahim Muaz Ali tweeting it, saying that the outgoing president believes that an important right of the people of Maldives has been seized and justice has not been served.

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17 foreign dignitaries will be present during the ceremony in which Indian PM's presence will be the highest level presence by any country.