Maldives President Gayoom to hold talks with PM Modi today

New Delhi: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today to further strengthen bilateral co-operation.

He will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and discuss issues of mutual interest.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also meet the Maldivian President.President Gayoom arrived in the national capital yesterday evening on a two-day visit to India, accompanied by a high level delegation.

President Gayoom`s first visit after assumption of office was to India in January 2014.India and the Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links. Bilateral trade between the two countries stands at 700 crore rupees.Indian exports to the island nation include agriculture and poultry produce, sugar, fruits, vegetables, rice, wheat, and medicines.