US to provide USD9.7m to Maldives

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The United States Department of State has announced plans to provide USD 9.75 million in additional assistance to the Maldives.

Meeting with Maldivian Foreign Minister, Mr Abdulla Shahid, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo discussed their common interest in deepening bilateral ties and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Shahid underscored the importance of the Maldivian government’s reform efforts to the vitality of Maldives’ democracy and future prosperity, according to the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Robert Palladino.

“Pompeo expressed strong support for the US-Maldives partnership, announcing the intent of the State Department to work with the Congress to provide USD 9.75 million in additional assistance for the Maldives,” Palladino said.

The meeting also saw Mr Pompeo hailing the signing of a memorandum of understanding to enhance aviation security, in addition, an intent by USAID to facilitate sustained collaboration with the Maldives. He also noted that the US is cooperating with the Maldives to share best practices in the areas of debt strategy, public financial management, and combating financial crimes.

Mr Pompeo also welcomed the Maldives’ commitment to judicial reform, transparency, and rule of law.

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