Foundation for new Indian Embassy building laid in Hulhumale
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Wednesday, set foundation stones for the Indian Embassy's Chancery Building in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale'.
The decision to locate the new building in Hulhumale' was finalised during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Maldives in June. However, the matter was delayed until arrangements concerning the newly designated Diplomatic Enclave were finalised.
The foreign ministry previously revealed that only countries which released land plots within their territory would be allocated space from the Diplomatic Enclave. The Indian government has permitted Maldives to establish its embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
Director of Communications at the Foreign Ministry Miuvan Mohamed revealed to local media outlet Mihaaru that several other nations were granted approval to establish embassies in Hulhumale' and that development was set to commence soon.
The government initially released land in the capital city for the development of foreign embassies including that of India.
The Diplomatic Enclave was located on Hulhumale in order to alleviate congestion in Male'.