The Maldives and India have signed a number of significant Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) aimed at further deepening the close bilateral relations between the two countries.

At a ceremony held in the Indian capital New Delhi on Tuesday, both countries exchanged a total of nine MoUs, paving the way for the implementation of various socio-economic development projects throughout the Maldives, funded under the Indian government’s High Impact Community Development Project scheme.

Among the projects outlined in the MoUs are the establishment of a mental health unit at Ungoofaaru Hospital, the development of a volleyball court in Kanditheemu, and the establishment of a fish processing plant in Dhiggaru. The procurement of furniture and equipment for Foakaidhoo Community Centre, School Digitalisation Project in Vilufushi, and the upgrading of Nilandhoo Hospital were also agreed upon.

Furthermore, the MoUs encompass the upgrading of a School Computer Lab, Utheemu Palace Roof Preservation and Development of Palace Surroundings Project, and the installation of Street Lights in Kondey.

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and his Indian counterpart Dr. S. Jaishankar, high commissioners, and senior officials of the foreign ministries of both countries attended the ceremony.