Today evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office for the second consecutive term at Rashtrapati Bhawan in national capital. Soon after starting his second term, PM Modi may visit Maldives and Sri Lanka in early June.
It is to be noted that PM Modi will be addressing the sitting house of the Parliament in the Maldives - People’s Majlis- during his visit to the country on June 7-8. Reciprocating to the importance India has attached to this archipelago nation, Maldives has decided to honour the Indian Prime Minister by having him address the Parliament.
In a tweet, Maldives’ foreign minister Abdulla Shahid said, "Maldives Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution to invite PM Narendra Modi to address a sitting of the house during his upcoming visit to the Maldives."
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PM Modi is expected to visit the Maldives on 7-8 June. The visit to the Maldives would underline the primacy of neighbours and India’s neighbourhood in foreign policy during Modi’s second term in office.
According to the reports PM Modi could either take a stop in Colombo. The brief stop of PM Modi in Colombo is expected to convey India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in April. Notably, the attacks on several churches and luxury hotels by radicalised Sri Lankans inspired by the Islamic State (IS) killed over 250 innocents. Importantly, New Delhi had sent warnings to Sri Lanka prior to the attacks that shattered a decade of calm in the country that was previously embroiled in a three decade long civil war.