New Ambassador of Maldives presents Credentials to President Trump

Washington, 8 July 2019

The new Ambassador of the Maldives to the United States, H.E. Ms. Thilmeeza Hussain, presented her Letter of Credence to the President of the United States of America, H.E. Mr. Donald Trump.  The ceremony was held today at the White House. 

After receiving the Credentials, President Trump congratulated Ambassador Hussain and stated that he looked forward to expanding the relationship between the United States and the Maldives. On behalf of His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Maldivian people, Ambassador Hussain conveyed sincere gratitude to the United States for its robust support to the Maldives, as the Maldives continue to restore democratic values and rule of law.

Ambassador Hussain in her written remarks prior to the presentation of her Credentials thanked the United States for the announcement of economic assistance of nearly 10 million US dollars, which will contribute to strengthening security cooperation including in aviation security. Ambassador Hussain stated that this is an important step in the joint efforts of the two countries to fight global scourge of terrorism and violent extremism. The Ambassador conveyed that a stable Indo-Pacific region is valued and maintaining a stable and secure Indian Ocean region is a critical mutual interest and a matter of National security for the Maldives and affirmed to the role that the United States is playing in maintaining peace and security in the region.

In addition, Ambassador Hussain highlighted the importance of the ongoing bilateral trade discussions which is an important positive development in furthering commercial ties between the two countries. The Ambassador also highlighted on the success of the Cultural Exchange programs and noted that is a great need for further cooperation in the area of education and cultural affairs through exchange programs.

In his written remarks to the Ambassador, President Trump noted the improved ties between the two countries in recent months. President Trump commended the Maldivian government’s commitment to promoting the rule of law and transparent development principles and in this regard, expressed his desire to continue to expand cooperation in these areas to advance the common objectives shared by both countries and further stated that the United States wants to be a close partner to help Maldives meet the economic and democratic governance goals.