PM to attend swearing-in of Maldives prez-elect on Nov 17
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih next week, the Ministry of External Affairs announced Friday. The prime minister will also visit Singapore to take part in the 13th East Asia Summit and other meetings on November 14 and 15, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
The prime minister has accepted the invitation extended by Maldives' president-elect Solih to attend his swearing-in ceremony on November 17, he said.
On the US waiver to India from Iran sanctions, Kumar said the US has shown understanding of India's position on the issue.
India, China and Japan were among eight countries temporarily allowed to continue buying Iranian oil as they showed significant reduction in oil purchase from the Persian Gulf country after the US reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said earlier this week. He also said that countries like India have been exempted after a promise of "significant reductions" in their oil import.
India which previously purchased 22.6 million tonnes in the fiscal year 2017-18 has promised to restrict it's imports to 15 million tonnes. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih:
Better known as Ibu, President-elect of Maldives will assume office on 17 November 2018
Solih was elected as President of Maldives on 23 September 2018 following the presidential election
Solih was first elected to parliament in 1994, aged 30
Solih played a leading role in the formation of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Maldives Political Reform Movement
Solih has been the Parliamentary Group Leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) since 2011