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Pompeo says U.S. will open embassy in Maldives for first time

MALE, Oct 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington will open an embassy in the Maldives for the first time, during a five-day Asia trip attempting to counterbalance the rise of China in the region.

“Getting this facility open won’t happen overnight but it’s worth it,” Pompeo told a news conference on an island resort near the archipelago’s capital Male.

“It’s the right thing to do. Your role here in the Indo-Pacific and in the international community is increasingly important.”

Reporting by Mohamed Junayd in Male, writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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