Hopes rise in India for an end to Maldives visa row

The new government in the Maldives will make resolving all recent issues with India a priority, and the problems of Indian job-holders awaiting work-visas will be a “key issue”, says a senior leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party and member of former President Mohammad Nasheed’s cabinet. While a decision is being made on invitations for the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Ibrahim Solih on November 17, MDP officials also said they are likely to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend. However, the Maldives High Commission in Delhi said it had been given no “official confirmation” of an invitation to Mr. Modi. When asked about the invitation, Mr. Naseem said “all Maldivians would hope that PM Modi would be at the inauguration”. An MEA official said it was too early to comment on the possible visit “at this stage”. “This [visa issue] is one of the key issues we will take up,” former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told The Hindu. “ We won’t deprive people of jobs in the Maldives, especially Indians, and will make a huge effort to sort this out, given the importance of our relationship with India.”

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/hopes-rise-in-india-for-an-end-to-maldives-visa-row/article25043161.ece

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