Ambassador of the United States of America to the Maldives, Her Excellency Alaina Teplitz and the Assistant Secretary of Defense of the United States of America, Randall Schriver, called on the Foreign Minister, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, today.
At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon, the Foreign Minister welcomed Ambassador Teplitz and Assistant Secretary of Defense to the Maldives and discussed ways of further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries.
Assistant Secretary of Defense, Schriver and Ambassador Teplitz assured the US Government’s readiness in providing assistance and support, especially in the defense sector and was keen in exploring future U.S. support for security cooperation activities in the Maldives.
During the meeting, Minister Shahid also expressed appreciation to the U.S. Government’s assistance for maritime and border security, countering terrorism and violent extremism and other areas of mutual benefit.
Foreign Minister Shahid was accompanied by His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, Foreign Secretary, Ms. Thilzeema Hussain who is nominated as the Ambassador of Maldives to the United States of America by President Solih and Ms. Shiuneen Rasheed, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her Excellency Alaina Teplitz, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Maldives and Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver were accompanied by Mr. Douglas Hess, Defense Attaché at the U.S Embassy in Colombo, Mr. Marcus Carpenter, Deputy Political Chief at the US Embassy in Colombo and Ms. Kristian Pfeiffer, Military Assistant.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives