US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the US would open an embassy in the Maldives. Pompeo held extensive talks with the leadership of the Maldives strategically located in the Hid Ocean. The two countries signed an important defense cooperation agreement a few weeks ago.
The move is seen as part of furthering America's commitment to an open and free Hid-Pacific to curb China's growing influence in the region. Pompeo tweeted, "I'm pleased to announce our plans to open an embassy in Male." Since our diplomatic relations were established in 1966, we have seen the Maldives make great progress in supporting democratic institutions and we are proud to partner with them on regional security issues. ''
The US does not have a consulate or embassy in the Maldives. The US Ambassador based in Sri Lanka has been authorized for this country.
"The move underscores the continued growth of US-Maldives relations and America's steadfast commitment to the Maldives and the Hid-Pacific region," Pompeo said in a statement after meeting President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih and Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid here. . ''
arrived from India and Sri Lanka Pompeo said after talks with the leadership of the country that had 'met' great 'with their Maldivian President Solih.
Pompeo said in a tweet, "I had a wonderful meeting with President Solih in Male. I made a historic announcement about our plan to open the US Embassy in the Maldives. We attach great importance to our friendship with the people of Maldives and are keen to take our partnership to the next level. "The President's Office of Maldives said in a statement that President Solih and US Secretary of State Pompeo on a range of issues talked to. The discussion was to strengthen bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation, facilitate trade and investment, environmental protection, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, upholding the principle of a stable, open, and peaceful Hid Ocean Region.
The President of Maldives welcomed Pompeo to the Maldives, thanking him for the generous support of the US government towards the Maldives and his increasingly active and positive relationship with the Maldives in several important bilateral areas. The statement said President Solih and US Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed their mutual commitment to work towards strengthening Maldives-US relations.
Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid said that today's announcement of the opening of the US Embassy in the Maldives is an important milestone in our long-term relationship.
The minister tweeted, "I thank US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US government for this historic step." The future of the partnership between the US and the Maldives is certainly bright. ”The Maldives currently has diplomatic missions to Britain, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and China. The President's office in the Maldives described Pompeo's visit as the highest level of a visit by any US government official since US Secretary of State James Edison Baker's visit to the Maldives in 1992. It also said that the decision to open the US Embassy in the Maldives shows the importance given by the US to its growing bilateral relations with the Maldives