New Delhi: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.
Welcoming Gayoom to India, President Mukherjee said India attaches high importance to its `neighbours first` policy. Within that Maldives has a place of privilege. India also appreciates the `India first` policy of Maldives.
"Relations between India and Maldives have grown over the centuries substantially, building on the people to people relations that the two countries share. India is committed to its policy of supporting Maldives in every way including in building the capacity and infrastructure of Maldives. India as the largest democracy will continue to extend all support for the strengthening of democratic institutions in Maldives," said President Mukherjee.
The President said India and Maldives are natural partners in the Indian Ocean region.
Reciprocating the President`s sentiments, Maldivian President said the Government of Maldives is firmly committed to its `India First` Policy.
India is the only foreign country he has visited more than once and this was his third visit in two years. He said the two countries are bound by strong civilizational and cultural links.