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PM Modi Offered to Help in the Conservation of Maldives’ Friday Mosque in His Historic Speech at ‘The People’s Majlis’

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-09

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that India will contribute to the conservation of one of the Maldives' oldest and iconic Friday Mosque, a historic landmark made up of coral stones. Built in 1658, The Male Friday Mosque or the Male Hukuru Miskiy also known as the Old Friday Mosque is one of the oldest and most ornate mosques in the city of Male in Kaafu Atoll, Maldives.

 


Addressing the Maldivian Parliament, The People’s Majlis, Modi said the relations between India and the Maldives were older than history. He said India will contribute to the conservation of Maldives’ Friday Mosque also known as Hukuru Miskiy.

 

In his historic speech at Modi said, “There is no such mosque elsewhere in the world like this historical mosque made up of coral. He said he was happy that the Maldives was working towards sustainable development and has become a part of the International Solar Alliance.

 


Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih thanked the Indian side for their offer to carry out restoration of the mosque by the Archaeological Survey of India under an Indian grant. He also appreciated the recent visit of senior scientists of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and their ongoing cooperation with the Maldivian counterparts, a statement said.

 

The mosque was added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage cultural list in 2008 as unique examples of seaculture architecture. Modi arrived in the Maldives on Saturday on his first two-day foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister to strengthen the bilateral ties, reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

 


Maldivian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mohamed Solih thanked India for its offer to help in conervation of the mosque by the Archaeological Survey of India, in the joint statement released by the two countries in a joint press statement.

 

Modi visit demonstrates the priority that India attaches to the SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine.

 

PM Modi also took up the issue of terrorism stating the world community had addressed global challenges like climate change by organising conventions and meetings but now it’s time to come together on the issue of terrorism.

 

The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year. Some decisions by Yameen including imposition of restrictions on work visas for Indians and signing of a new Free Trade Agreement with Beijing also did not go down well with New Delhi. However, the ties were back on track under Solih’s presidency.

 

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