The Maldives accords the highest respect to India`s interests and status as a global leader, President Abdulla Yameen has said as he reaffirmed his country`s commitment to further strengthening bilateral ties.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked newly-elected Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen to address the problems faced by some Indian investors and "amicably" settle the issue of Male International Airport, a GMR project worth over USD 500 million scrapped by Maldivian government unilaterally.
Abdulla Yameen, who has won the second democratically held presidential election in the Maldives, is the half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Indian ocean archipalego nation with an iron hand for 30 years.
The Maldives` Elections Commission announced early Sunday the preliminary results of the second round of presidential election, and confirmed Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Abdulla Yameen as the president-elect.
Counting of votes has started after balloting concluded peacefully in the controversy-ridden presidential polls in the Maldives on Saturday under the watchful eyes of the Elections Commission (EC) and security agencies.