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America endorses efforts to deliver justice to the Maldivian people: ambassador

  • The ambassador said that America does not have an opinion or stand “on the facts of the case” between the Supreme Court and the JSC
  • She emphasized on the importance of strengthening institutions
  • "Having an independent, capable and competent judiciary is essential"

Aishath Shaany
Shaaknee

K. Male' 2019 Jun 19 | Wed 17:44 1,709 local

(L to R) US embassy's Public Affairs Officer Dave McGuire, Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, embassy's Political Officer Travis Hall - Raajjemv

America endorses efforts to strengthen institutions and deliver justice and rule of law to the Maldivian people, says Ambassador Alaina Teplitz.

She said this at a meeting held with the press on Wednesday, to share information regarding the Maldives Partnership Forum 2019.

At the meeting, the ambassador said that America does not have an opinion or stand “on the facts in the case" between the Supreme Court and the Judicial Service Commission, but emphasized on the importance of strengthening institutions.

Noting that there are three branches in a democracy, she said that having “an independent, capable and competent judiciary is essential,” as well to have a body to adjudicate the rule of law.

Teplitz also highlighted that having confidence in these institutions is essential.

“We certainly endorse the efforts to strengthen institutions and ensure that the systems and frameworks are there to deliver justice and rule of law for people here”

~ Ambassador Teplitz

She also spoke regarding the two agreements signed during the two-day partnership forum; to formalize the American Centre in the capital and to assess USD eight million to the Development Objective Grant Agreement.

“We want to make sure that we are supporting the government’s priorities, assistance in impactful that it is well coordinated with other partners“

~ Ambassador Teplitz

The ambassador further said that America wants ties with Maldives to “stay strong” but that it does not want the connectivity to be between just the government “but also the people.”

Last updated at: 3 months ago | Reviewed by: Humaam Ali

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