The US has congratulated Maldives opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory in the presidential polls and said it was ready to work closely with the new government to expand cooperation on their shared interests in an independent and prosperous nation as well as a free and open Indian Ocean region.
The Maldives' Elections Commission on Monday declared a resounding presidential election victory for the opposition candidate Solih and after hours of tense waiting, the country's authoritarian incumbent Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat.
The US, she said, commended the Maldivian people for their commitment to the democratic process and exceptional level of participation in an election that had ushered in a new chapter in their country's history.
"We expect all parties to respect the will of the Maldivian people and support a peaceful transition of power through the November 17 inauguration," Nauert said.
"As a fellow democracy, the United States stands ready to work closely with the next Maldivian government to expand cooperation on our shared interests in an independent and prosperous Maldives as well as a free and open Indian Ocean region," she added.
Separately, the Canadian government congratulated the people of Maldives, who turned out peacefully in high numbers to cast their votes, reflecting their strong desire to exercise their democratic rights.