'Terrorists come, transit through Maldives'
A top Obama Administration official said that occasionally terrorists try to make use of the Maldivian territory, and thus there is need for the US to help Maldives to monitor its territories.world Updated: Sep 10, 2009 18:32 IST
A top Obama Administration official on Thursday said that occasionally terrorists try to make use of the Maldivian territory, and thus there is need for the US to help Maldives to monitor its territories.
"Maldives faces a number of challenges. First of all there are terrorists that come through the Maldives, transit through the Maldives," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said a day after US President Barack Obama issued a presidential determination to furnish defence articles and services to island nation.
Blake, who immediately before his current position, was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, said the presidential determination has put in place a legal framework to help Maldives in this regard, although there is no military assistance to be announced yet to this small nation comprising of several tiny islands.
"There is a particular challenge in maintaining the ability to monitor what is going on in their seas. They also sit stride some one of the major sea-lanes in the world. So it is very very important that they have the ability to monitor activity," he said.