H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih accepted the Letter of Credence from Mr. Hugo Yue-Ho Yon on Wednesday, confirming his role as the first Resident Ambassador of the United States of America (U.S.) to the Republic of Maldives. This special event, held at the President's Office this morning, marks a significant milestone in the diplomatic ties between the two nations and underscores their dedication to enhancing cooperation.

Following the ceremony, Ambassador Yon paid a brief introductory call to President Solih, who extended his congratulations on the commencement of Ambassador Yon's term. President Solih emphasised that Ambassador Yon's appointment and the establishment of a U.S. embassy signify an expansion of the partnership between the Maldives and the U.S.

President Solih noted that the reopening of the Maldives Embassy in Washington, D.C. was a momentous occasion for the Maldives, symbolising a pivotal advancement in foreign policy. He further stated that the embassy will open doors to strengthening relations across various avenues, including people-to-people contact, economic and trade partnerships, and cultural exchanges.

During the meeting, Ambassador Yon expressed his eagerness to build upon the fruitful bilateral relations between the United States and the Maldives. He also commended the Maldives' efforts in addressing climate change impacts and building resilience.

As the meeting concluded, Ambassador Yon expressed his gratitude to President Solih and the Maldivian government for their cooperation in establishing the U.S. embassy in the Maldives. Both President Solih and Ambassador Yon expressed their hopes for strengthening bilateral ties across all areas of mutual interest.

The Maldives and the United States established diplomatic relations in 1965.