Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US State Department Dean Thompson, commended President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, “who have been instrumental to Maldives’ strengthened democratic institutions and civil society”.
He made the statement at a press conference yesterday, speaking about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled visit to Maldives, during which he will sit down with President Solih and Minister Shahid.
“We’re proud to have supported these efforts over many years. We’re also proud of our partnership with Maldives on regional security issues and to combat terrorism”, Thompson said.
“We look forward to additional opportunities to advance our relationship, including a significant milestone in the U.S.-Maldives relationship that Secretary Pompeo will announce during his trip”.
The US delegation will travel to Male’ from Colombo, and visit major countries of the Indo-Pacific region during the visit.
According to the Foreign Ministry, expected discussions of the visit include the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as ongoing and future collaborations.
The visit of Secretary Pompeo is the highest-level visit by a US Government official to the Maldives, since the visit of US Secretary of State, James Addison Baker III on 24 July 1992.