Foreign minister Abdulla Shahid informed that the United States (US)’s travel advisory alerting their citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Maldives was due to “factual errors”.
The advisory published by the US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka stated that terrorist groups may conduct attacks with or without prior warning. Maldives is currently on Level 2 of the advisory and this is an extra layer of caution to keep the citizens safe, the advisory stated.
The advisory noted that terrorist groups may attack tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets or shopping malls, and government officers. In such an instant, the advisory stated, security forces’ response time could be lengthened.
In response to the advisory, minister Shahid tweeted that the government of Maldives is in touch with the US Embassy regarding the advisory and that they had informed that it contained factual errors – a mistake on their part – which they are working to fix promptly.
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives retweeted minister Shahid’s tweet, stating that the advisory was indeed posted by the US and will be correctly shortly due to some errors.