The United States recently put forward an “Indo-Pacific Strategy” that represents the commitment of the United States to the Indian Ocean region. The report highlights plans for multiple countries of the Indo-Pacific region.
According to the report, The United States has started to investigate ways to increase safety collaboration, with specific emphasis on capacity-building possibilities for the Maldives National Defense Forces and the Maldivian Coast Guard. The report further stated the key areas of focus to include: maritime domain awareness (MDA), to enable Maldivian forces the ability to monitor and patrol its sovereign maritime area and contribute to regional efforts to protect sea lines of communication; HA/DR readiness; and counter-terrorism capability.
“An additional $7 million in FY 2018 Foreign Military Financing (FMF) will support these efforts,” the report said.