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In this handout photo provided by Indian Navy pro, Indian nationals board Naval Ship Airavat at the port of Male at Maldives as part of the Indian Navy's ongoing Op Samudra Setu, under the aegis of the Indian Government's Op Vande Bharat to bring back Indian nationals from foreign shores.

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700 Indian nationals board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa to depart for Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu) amid the coronavirus pandemic under the second phase of Operation 'Samudra Setu' as a part of the 'Vande Bharat' mission, at Male in Maldives.

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Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a meeting with President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male, Maldives.

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Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid lay the foundation stone of Chancery building in Male, Maldives.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Maldives President Ibrahim 'Ibu' Solih during a call-on, in Male.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, in Male.

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EAM Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid ahead of bilateral talks and Joint Ministerial Meeting, in Male.

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PM Modi with Maldives president Ibrahim Solih in Male

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanges greetings with former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom during the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in Male, Maldives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left, congratulates Maldives' new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih after his swearing-in ceremony in Male, Maldives. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony Saturday in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters.

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Maldives' new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, center right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the President's office in Male, Maldives. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a guard of honour on his arrival at Male in Maldives to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, third left, and his running mate Faisal Naseem, third right, pose for photographers as they celebrate their victory in the presidential election in Male, Maldives. A longtime but little-known lawmaker, Solih declared victory at his party's campaign headquarters in a contentious election widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy.

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Maldivians hold colorful umbrellas as they wait in the sun to caste their vote during presidential election day in Male, Maldives.

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Maldivian opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest as they the urge the government to obey a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives defence soldiers and policemen guard the main street after government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives.

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Maldives defence soldiers patrol on the main street of Male, Maldives. The Maldives government has declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepens in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court.

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Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, center, after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives.

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Former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is being taken to prison by police after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives. The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, is greeted by Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom at a joint news conference in Male, Maldives. Sharif, who is on a three-day visit, will be the chief guest at the celebrations of the 52nd Independence Day of Maldives.

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Police try to block Maldivian lawmakers a few meters from the Parliament building in Male, Maldives. The Maldivian opposition says the military has locked down parliament on the orders of the country's president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

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Maldivian lawmaker Faisal Naseem who was injured in clashes with police is rushed to a hospital in Male, Maldives. The Maldivian opposition says the military has locked down parliament on the orders of the country's president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

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Maldives former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, in white, tussles with policemen who stopped him from speaking to journalists as he is brought to be produced before a court in Male, Maldives.

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India lodges strong protest with Male govt after cabinet appointee Adil Raza calls envoy D.M. Mulay a “traitor”, alleges he got bribe from Indian realtor GMR which manages island’s int’l airport.