Statement By Spokesperson Heather Nauert on State of Emergency in Maldives

February 20, 2018 The United States is disappointed by reports that Maldivian President Yameen has extended the state of emergency in that country for an additional 30 days.  The United States continues to call on President Yameen to end the state of emergency, uphold the rule of law, permit the full and proper functioning of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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