Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travels to Maldives and Sri Lanka

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Malé, Maldives and Colombo, Sri Lanka from October 9-11. Ambassador Wells will reiterate the strong U.S. commitment to our partnerships with Sri Lanka and Maldives and ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Maldives President-elect Solih

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson October 5, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Maldives President-elect Solih Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone today with Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Solih to congratulate him on his recent electoral victory.  The Secretary congratulated the Maldivian people for coming out to vote in overwhelming numbers despite challenges.  ...
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Congratulations on Maldivian Election

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 24, 2018 The United States congratulates Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory in Maldives’ September 23 presidential election. The United States commends the Maldivian people for their commitment to the democratic process and exceptional level of participation in an election that has ushered in a new ...
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Need for Free and Fair Election in Maldives

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The United States is concerned about continued democratic backsliding in Maldives, particularly as the country prepares for a presidential election on September 23. We join the international community in calling for the release of falsely accused political prisoners; full implementation of the Maldivian Supreme ...
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Conviction of Maldives Supreme Court Justices and Former President

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 14, 2018 The United States is deeply dismayed by reports that former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, and Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed have been sentenced to prison without being afforded necessary procedural protections, including a fair trial with the ...
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Travel Advisory update – Maldives (February 6, 2018)

Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest. Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.  A country-wide state of emergency is in effect.  Security ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 5, 2018)

Location: Central Male, Maldives Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place from February 6 through February 15, 2018 as the president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency until February 15.  Groups are expected to protest in central Male in response to emerging political developments. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in ...
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Security Alert for Maldives- U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 3, 2018).

There is an increased chance of protests in central Male in response to emerging political developments.  Further demonstrations are possible over the weekend. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or ...
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Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 2, 2018 Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court to order the release of political prisoners and to reinstate elected members of parliament. The United States urges the Maldivian government to ...
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U.S. Government and Government of Maldives Inaugurate a $3.8 Million Safe Drinking Water System for 4,000 Residents on Hinnavaru, Maldives

Colombo, December 26, 2017: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Maldives inaugurated a $3.8 million integrated water supply and distribution system on December 25, providing a safe and reliable water source for more than 4,000 residents of Hinnavaru Island. The system collects water from rainwater harvesting tanks, mixes it ...
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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S INTERESTS

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. ” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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NOFO – 2018 AFCP Large Grants Competition

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-SML-2018 Funding Instrument Type: Grant Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961”  (P.L. 87-256 Sec 102(b)(5), as amended) CFDA Number: 19.025  Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project  Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project  Email:   ColomboPDGrants@state.gov Deadline: December 1, 2017   Program Description The Embassy of ...
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NOFO – 2018 AFCP Small Grants Competition

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-SML-2018 Funding Instrument Type: Grant Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961”  (P.L. 87-256 Sec 102(b)(5), as amended) CFDA Number: 19.025  Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project  Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project  Email:   ColomboPDGrants@state.gov Deadline: December 1, 2017   Program Description The Embassy of ...
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USAID Completes Construction of a Water System that Provides Safe Water to Island Residents on Hinnavaru

Colombo, November 2, 2017:  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has completed the construction of a water supply and distribution system that provides a safe and reliable source of water for more than 4,000 residents of Hinnavaru Island. The integrated system, which USAID has handed over to the Government of Maldives, collects water ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, DC October 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John ...
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U.S. 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins

COLOMBO October 4 – The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery.  The program will be open for online registration from October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017.  The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

October 2, 2017 HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap’s statement on the situation in Maldives

The events taking place in the Majlis over the past few days are disturbing and unfortunate. A free and fair Parliament governed by impartial rules is essential to the proper functioning of any healthy democracy. I call upon the Government of Maldives to ensure that the Majlis function freely in accordance with Maldivian law and ...
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Statement on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 21, 2017 This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the ...
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U.S. Embassy Conducts Seaport Interdiction Training

Colombo, August 8:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program trained 18 Customs and Coast Guard Officials from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, and Bangladesh in seaport interdiction from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017.  The training was conducted in Colombo and coordinated by EXBS. Participants learned cutting-edge inspection and ...
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Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 6, 2017 Following is the text of a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial: Begin text: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono, and the Secretary of ...
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U.S. alarmed by the recent actions of the government of Maldives

The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives are alarmed by the recent actions of the Government of Maldives which seriously damage and undermine democracy, and run counter to the Maldives’ Constitution and the ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Provides Medical Training Across Atolls

Colombo, July 12: The Embassy of the United States of America and U.S. Pacific Command medical experts recently completed training for local doctors, nurses, schools, and the Maldivian Red Crescent in Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll.  This is part of ongoing U.S. assistance to help Maldivians provide better pre-hospital care and medical skills to respond to ...
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is NOW OPEN

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that provides young and mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world with an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in specialized 10 month non-degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities. The Humphrey Program was launched in ...
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Fulbright Foreign Student Program Announcement, 2018-2019

The U.S. Embassy, Colombo/Sri Lanka is pleased to announce that the United States government will offer one or two grants for a fully-funded Master’s degree in the United States through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the Maldives. Selected candidate would begin study at a U.S. university in fall 2018.  The program is offered to ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary   On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen ...
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Small Grants Program for Maldives

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy grants program for awards. Public Affairs Section Grants Program 2017  Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Colombo  Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-011 CFDA Number:  Public Diplomacy Programs for Maldives – 19.040  Funding Instrument Type:  Grant or Cooperative Agreement ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Maldives regarding the risk of Zika virus  infection.  Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their medical provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to Maldives.   Men whose partners are pregnant or are considering pregnancy should talk ...
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U.S. Embassy Colombo Small Grants Program for Maldives – 2017

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy grants program for awards. Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals.  To receive funding, grants must support one of the following goals:   Promote tolerance, ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with the Maldives National Defense Force to Provide Life-Saving Emergency Medical Training

Colombo, February 9, 2017:  Medical personnel from the U.S. Pacific Command partnered with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and Ministry of Health to provide emergency medical training in Addu Atoll, January 29 to February 2.  The training increased the capacity of Maldivian first responders to save lives in the event of a medical emergency. ...
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President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New Website for Maldives

The Embassy of the United States of America to Sri Lanka and Maldives launched its new Maldives website ( https://mv.usmission.gov ) yesterday, featuring a more mobile-friendly layout, with easy-to-access and more locally-relevant news and information. The new homepage will allow users to quickly find the latest information about U.S.-Maldives relations, and also information about business and ...
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United States Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The multi-building complex ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Competition

The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) large grants program.  We invite you to work with the Public Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Colombo to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative. You are invited to send project ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grants Competition

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2017 Small Grants Competition. The AFCP was established in 2001 in collaboration with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to assist countries in preserving their cultural ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

U.S. voters have elected Republican Donald J. Trump as their 45th president, putting into the White House a businessman who promised to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. Accepting victory early ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Trump After Meeting

Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, my ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with Sri Lanka and Maldives on Oil Spill Management

Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.   Both civilian and military participants shared experiences from recent oil spill response efforts, with hands-on field exercises that included a live ...
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Defamation Bill

The defamation bill passed by the Maldivian parliament today is a serious setback for freedom of expression in the country. When the bill was first introduced to parliament just under two weeks ago, our embassy in Colombo, jointly with five diplomatic partners, released a statement voicing concern about the erosion of fundamental freedoms and the ...
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2017-2018 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap Arrives in Maldives

Ambassador Atul Keshap is in Maldives this week, meeting with political leaders, government officials, civil society representatives and journalists. Yesterday Ambassador Keshap met with President Yameen and Foreign Minister Dunya. Today he hosted a lunch for Maldivian journalists and listened to their issues and concerns. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet ...
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U.S. Launches Clean Drinking Water Project for Lhaviyani Atoll

The Embassy of the United States of America launched the construction of a new water management system last week in Hinnavaru, Lhaviyani Atoll.  When completed, the system will help ensure safe and high-quality drinking water for 4,700 local islanders.  Reed Aeshliman, Acting Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the ...
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Statement by State Department Spokesperson on the Situation in Maldives

The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy. The United ...
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