US Ambassador to the Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz says the US supports efforts to bolster cybersecurity in the Maldives.

She made these comments via Twitter after meeting the Minister of Communication, Science, and Technology Maleeh Jamal earlier today on her visit to the Maldives this week.

Ambassador Teplitiz said that the discussions between the two sides focused on the Clean Network Initiative, a US-led effort to protect data privacy, telecommunications, and intellectual property.

US State Department said that the Clean Network addresses the long-term threat to data privacy, security, human rights, and principled collaboration posed to the free world from authoritarian malign actors.

It said that the Clean Network is rooted in internationally accepted digital trust standards and that it represents the execution of a multi-year, all-of-government, enduring strategy, built on a coalition of trusted partners, and based on rapidly changing technology and economics of global markets.

Ambassador Teplitiz arrived in the Maldives on Sunday and had said that she is visiting the country to take part in some important meetings with Maldivian officials. Yesterday, she had met Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail to discuss new investment opportunities in the Maldives post-COVID-19.