Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid Thursday met with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Administrator Samantha Power.
According to the Foreign Ministry, Minister Shahid and Administrator Power discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the two countries and the ongoing areas of cooperation especially in the areas of protecting the environment, strengthening democratic governance, and public finance management in the Maldives. Minister Shahid also thanked the Government of the United States for their continued assistance to the Maldives and commended the US Government’s recent announcement to include Maldives among the first countries that would receive the extra stocks of COVID-19 vaccines from the US. Minister Shahid also noted that the United States has proven to be a close and reliable friend, especially at times of critical need.
The Government of the United States has provided over USD 20 million in assistance to the Maldives since 2001, including over USD 9.1 million in the assistance provided to the Maldives to assist in COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. USAID has also made generous donations in the recent past including critical care ventilators and multiple batches of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment to the Maldives to help better combat the pandemic.