President Solih's first official state visit was made to India, and various agreements have been signed between the two countries including a Dollars 1.4 billion credit facility.
"Had fruitful discussions with him on ways to strengthen friendship between India and the Republic of Maldives", he said.
Male: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is now on a state visit to the Maldives, held a flurry of meetings with several leaders of the island nation and discussed various issues to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister will also attend a parliament sitting and deliver his special address before participating in a banquet hosted by the president and first lady.More news: "Negotiations are going well" as Arsenal close in on top winger target
"The Indo-Pacific area is our lifeline and also the highway to trade".
"India wants a strong relationship with the Maldives and believes that a strong and prosperous Maldives will be in the interest of the region", Modi said.
The bilateral ties between Maldives and India saw improvement with the inauguration of President Solih into office in 2018.
The distance between Kochi and Male is about 700 kms, and between Kochi and Kulhudhuffushi atoll is 500 kms.More news: Rivaldo advises Barcelona on who to sign between Neymar, Griezmann
The other agreements included on the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, cooperation in customs capacity building between the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India and the Maldives Customs Service.
After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said that the focus of the various projects that India is undertaking in the Maldives is to touch the lives of people. "He has also requested for coaching programme for young Maldivian players, both men and women", he added.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media after his meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind, to stake claim to form the new government at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India May 25, 2019. "India is with Sri Lanka on the fight against terrorism", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. It began to develop a close partnership with the country when Mahinda Rajapaksa was president from 2005 to 2015.
PM Modi also announced that India will contribute to the conservation of Maldives' Friday Mosque also known as Hukuru Miskiy.More news: Chelsea file appeal against transfer ban to CAS - full statement revealed