Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Reed Werner and Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Didi signed signed the “Framework for U.S. Department of Defense-Maldives Ministry of Defence, Defense and Security Relationship” in a ceremony held in Philadephia on September 10, 2020.
The Framework sets forth both countries’ intent to deepen engagement and cooperation in support of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean, and marks an important step forward in the defense partnership.
Minister Mariya said that the framework will add immense value to the excellent partnership between the Maldives and the United States, especially in the defence and security domain. She also stressed the importance of bilateral dialogue and engagement against socio-political unrest in the region, to maintain peace and security.
DASD Werner and Minister Didi also discussed U.S. support for the Maldives’ response to COVID-19 and areas for future cooperation, and agreed to work toward scheduling the first Defense and Security Dialogue. Both sides reiterated their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that promotes the security and prosperity of all nations in the region.
The Framework is a positive step towards furthering the close ties between the two countries.