United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that “I am pleased to announce our plan to open an Embassy in Male. Since the establishment of our diplomatic ties in 1966, we’ve seen Maldives make great progress in supporting democratic institutions, and we are proud to partner with them on regional security issues,” Pompeo tweeted.
US embassy services for Maldives is currently available from the US embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The State Department earlier said that Pompeo will travel to Male to “reaffirm our close bilateral relationship and advance our partnership on issues ranging from regional maritime security to the fight against terrorism.”
The top US diplomat, who arrived here from India and Sri Lanka after holding talks with the country’s leadership, said he had a “great” meeting with the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
“Great meeting with President @ibusolih in Male. I made a historic announcement regarding our plan to open a U.S. Embassy in Maldives. We deeply value our friendship with the Maldivian people and look forward to taking our partnership to the next level,” Pompeo said in a tweet after his meeting with President Solih.
Earlier on his arrival here, Pompeo wrote that he was “thrilled” to visit Maldives.
“Thrilled to be the first Secretary of State to visit the Maldives in nearly three decades. I look forward to strengthening the U.S.-Maldives relationship and discussing our mutual interests in a free, open, and rules-based #IndoPacific region,” he tweeted.