The United States established diplomatic relations with Maldives in 1966 following its independence from the United Kingdom and has since enjoyed friendly ties. The U.S. has sought to support Maldives’ ongoing democratic initiatives, judicial reform, counterterrorism efforts, economic development, and social and environmental ambitions.
U.S. Assistance to Maldives
U.S. foreign assistance resources aim to promote and enhance democratic institutions, maritime security, counterterrorism, and law enforcement cooperation with Maldivian partners.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Maldives has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the United States and held its first meeting in October 2014, providing a forum to examine ways to enhance bilateral trade and investment. Maldives has been designated as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, under which a range of products that Maldives might seek to export would be eligible for duty-free entry to the United States.