Male, June 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the People's Majlis in Male in his first foreign tour after assuming office post-Lok Sabha Elections. Addressing the Maldives parliament, PM Modi spoke on various issues including Climate change, terrorism, sustainable development and others.
Addressing the Maldives Parliament, PM Modi stated India would contribute to the conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque. He said, "I felt great to have announced today that India will contribute to the conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque. There's no such mosque elsewhere in the world like this historical mosque made up of coral." PM Narendra Modi Gifts Bat, Signed By Indian Cricket Team Members, to Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, See Pics
On the topic of climate change, the Indian Premier said, "Climate change affects all, we can tackle climate and I’m glad that the Maldives is part of the International Solar Alliance." On terrorism, he said, "Terrorism is a danger not just for a country or region but an entire civilization. State-sponsored terrorism is the biggest threat today. It is time for a global conference on terrorism."
Stating that 'neighbourhood first' is his next priority, the PM said, "'Neighborhood First' is our priority. Relations between India and Maldives are older than history. From time immemorial, blue waters have washed our shores. They have also nourished our cultures and civilisations."
Earlier, Narendra Modi was conferred with highest Maldivian honour to foreign dignitaries, 'The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen'. Following this, he gifted a cricket bat signed by the Indian team to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.