Indian foreign minister discusses bilateral relations with his Maldivian counterpart

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets with Maldives Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer, in Kampala on 19 January in 2024

On the sidelines of the NAM summit, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with his Maldivian counterpart Moosa Zameer in Kampala, the national capital of Uganda, on Thursday and discussed India-Maldives bilateral relations.

Both the leaders also discussed the Non-Alligned Movement (NAM) related issues.

Taking to X, EAM Jaishankar shared about the meeting saying, “Met Maldives FM @MoosaZameer today in Kampala. A frank conversation on India-Maldives ties. Also discussed NAM-related issues.”

This comes as India and the Maldives on 14 January “agreed to fast-track the withdrawal of Indian military personnel” from the island nation, according to the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

India and Maldives held a core group meeting on 14 January in which both sides deliberated on finding a “mutually workable solution” to ensure the “continued operation” of Indian aviation platforms providing humanitarian and Medvec services, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. The MEA announced that the next meeting will be held in the national capital.

Earlier today, EAM Jaishankar arrived in Kampala to lead the Indian delegation at the two-day 19th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) starting from 19 January.

The summit will be preceded by deliberations at the ministerial and senior official levels.

“Arrived in Kampala to represent India at the 19th NAM Summit. Looking forward to engaging colleagues over the coming two days,” said External Affairs Minister Jaishankar in a post on X.

Preceding the NAM Summit, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh will represent India at the NAM Foreign Minister’s meeting.

Meanwhile, MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan will represent India at the G-77 Third South Summit, which will be held in Kampala on 21-22 January, as per a release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The 19th NAM Summit under Uganda’s leadership is being held under the theme ‘Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence’ and brings together more than 120 developing countries on a platform of crucial historic significance.

India wholeheartedly supports Uganda’s theme for NAM and looks forward to engaging with NAM countries. As one of the leading and founding members of NAM, India remains committed to the principles and values of the movement, the MEA release said.

On the sidelines of the NAM Summit, the EAM is expected to meet with the Ugandan leadership and counterparts from NAM member states.

Jaishankar will then travel to Nigeria on an official visit from 21-23 January. The EAM will co-chair the 6th India-Nigeria Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) with his counterpart and meet with other leaders.

The EAM will also inaugurate the 3rd edition of the Nigeria-India Business Council meeting, deliver a speech at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, interact with delegates of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and inaugurate the bust of Mahatma Gandhi.

He will also chair the regional conference of Indian Heads of Missions. India and Nigeria have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations. This is EAM’s first visit to Nigeria, which will further consolidate bilateral relations between the two countries, the release said.