March 1, 2021
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Restoring faith
Gayoom reenergizes relations with India That the new Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom chose to make his first official visit abroad to New Delhi in the very first week of the year 2014 was enough indication that he wants to mend fences with India and restore the decades old traditional relationship with its closest maritime neighbor, on whom the country depends for its security. Though the moves of the previous Maldivian administration threatened to weaken the political and security links  with India , the new President during his interactions with the Prime Minister and the President in New Delhi in  January  has very surprisingly expressed extremely  positive  sentiments which bodes well for the return of the bright phase in the bilateral relationships. Before the visit of the Maldivian President to India the Indian Government had set the solid stage for the successful visit of the Maldivian defence minister, to whom India donated the second Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv and promised many other cooperation programs. The Minister of Defence and National Security Mohamed Nazim was received warmly by Indian Defence Minsiter A K Antony who committed the full medical treatment facilities for the Maldivian forces in Indian military hospitals besides training the Maldivian defence personnel in India, deputation of Indian army medical officers, strengthening of Maldivian medical infrastructure and training of Maldivian medical
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