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India, Maldives to strengthen relations

world Updated: Nov 12, 2011 00:39 IST
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With a framework agreement across the sectors, India and Maldives are set to widen their engagement.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who arrived in Male on Friday will also address the Maldives parliament on Saturday-the first foreign leader to get the honour.

The move comes at a time when Chinese efforts to increase its presence in Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago located on crucial international lane with vital strategic importance, is on an upswing.

With an Indian prime minister visiting Maldives after nine years, New Delhi is sparing no efforts to make it a unique affair and a game changer - in sync with the changing aspirations of a democratic Maldives under its dynamic president, Mohamed Nasheed.