US to open embassy in Maldives

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the US will open an embassy in the Maldives for the first time.

At the Joint Press conference held after the discussions, Secretary Pompeo announced the Government of the United States’ decision to open a resident diplomatic embassy in the Maldives. He further stated that the opening of the new Embassy reflects the growing partnership between both countries. Secretary Pompeo also reiterated the Government of the United States’ readiness to continue to support the Maldives in its efforts to consolidate democracy and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as in its contributions to addressing global challenges.

Minister Shahid congratulated and welcomed Secretary Pompeo’s announcement on the opening of a US Embassy in the Maldives. He stated that it is a major milestone in the longstanding partnership between Maldives and the United States and that the new Embassy would not only embody the political and diplomatic relations but also solidify the bridge between the people of the two countries. Minister Shahid also noted the key role that the United States continues to play in the Indian Ocean, promoting security, stability and peace within the region. He also stressed on the significance of a stronger partnership between the Maldives and the United States to promote security in the region and especially in the fight against countering terrorism. He further expressed the Government’s appreciation for the broad-based and multi-sectoral bilateral cooperation between the Maldives and the United States, covering trade and investment, defence and security, education and health.

Both Minister Shahid and Secretary Pompeo reassured commitment towards working closely on furthering on-going collaborations. They also reaffirmed their position on the significance of working together to overcome the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Shahid highlighted the multiple contributions made by the Government of the United States that played a key-role in the Government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country. Minister Shahid also reflected on the various other assistance from the United States that play key roles in strengthening democratic institutions, empowering women and youth in the Maldives.