A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Maldives


Maldives became independent from the British in 1965 and was recognized by the United States that same year. The United States does not have an embassy in Malé, the Maldivian capital; the Ambassador to Sri Lanka is also accredited to the Maldives.

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U.S. Recognition of Maldivian Independence, 1965.

On August 10, 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sent a message to Maldivian Prime Minister Ibrahim Nasir, congratulating the Maldives on its independence and “look[ing] forward to the growth of close and friendly relations between our two Governments and peoples.”

History of Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1966.

On April 9, 1966, U.S. Ambassador to Ceylon Cecil B. Lyon presented his credentials to the Maldives; he remained resident at Colombo.

The Maldives becomes a Republic, 1968.

The Maldives became a republic in 1968. U.S. Ambassador to Ceylon Andrew V. Corry was reaccredited on January 13, 1969; he remained resident at Colombo.


  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Maldives