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Mike Pompeo says US will open embassy in Maldives for first time

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference on an island resort near the archipelago’s capital Male that “Getting this facility open won’t happen overnight but it’s worth it”

world Updated: Oct 28, 2020, 18:11 IST
Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  announced America’s plans on opening an embassy at Maldives,owing to the nation’s important position in the Indo-Pacific.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced America’s plans on opening an embassy at Maldives,owing to the nation’s important position in the Indo-Pacific.(Reuters photo)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington will open an embassy in the Maldives for the first time, during a five-day Asia trip attempting to counterbalance the rise of China in the region.

“Getting this facility open won’t happen overnight but it’s worth it,” Pompeo told a news conference on an island resort near the archipelago’s capital Male.

“It’s the right thing to do. Your role here in the Indo-Pacific and in the international community is increasingly important.”

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