New Delhi [India]:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the Maldives-India ferry service will boost economies and strengthen friendship between the two countries.
Prime Minister Modi said this when responding to a tweet from Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
“Our thanks to Prime Minister @narendramodi and the Government of India as the Maldives-India ferry service embarks today on its maiden voyage between Kulhudhuffushi, Male, and southern India. The ferry would further strengthen the friendship between Maldives and India and bring greater prosperity to our communities, ”Tweeted the President of the Republic of Maldives.
Prime Minister Modi replied that it was “indeed a happy day”, adding that the dream of a direct ferry service is now a reality.
“It is indeed a happy day, President @ibusolih (Ibrahim Mohamed Solih)! Our dream of a direct ferry service between India and the Maldives is now a reality”, reads the tweet of the Prime Minister .
“I have no doubt that this will promote bilateral trade and boost our economies. The friendship between the Maldives and India will continue to grow stronger,” the tweet continued.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said the ferry service would bring “monumental benefits to the Maldives, especially the northern islands”, adding that it was “a new route for long-time friends” .
“Today we are embarking on a new road for longtime friends. Today we marked the historic maiden voyage of the Maldives-India ferry service. The establishment of this ferry will boost #MaldivesIndia trade and revitalize the economy of the northern Maldives, ”he added.
Another tweet from him read: “The backbone of this ferry service is the people-to-people contact between India and the Maldives. I offer my immense gratitude to the Indian government for their support in facilitating this amazing project. Thank you. to all of our national stakeholders for their work in making this happen. “
The MCP Linz freighter operated by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) reached the anchorage in the town of Kulhudhufushi, in the northern Maldives, on Saturday.
MCP Linz connects the ports of Tuticorin and Cochin in India to the ports of Kulhudhufushi and Male in the Maldives.