Micronesia to sign extension of US security pact ‘soon’

(Left-right) Micronesia President David Panuelo, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, U.S. President Joe Biden, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape find their places along with other leaders from the Pacific Islands region before taking a photograph on the North Portico of the White House September 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden hosted the first-ever U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit to bring together leaders from 14 island nations in part to counter China’s influence in the region and to discuss partnerships in climate change, pandemic and economic recovery, war legacies, maritime security and environmental protection. (AFP/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Micronesia to sign extension of US security pact ‘soon’ – Asia and Pacific – The Jakarta Post

Agencies Washington, United States   ●   Fri, February 3, 2023

Micronesia aims to ‘soon’ sign an extension of its economic and security pact with the United States, its President David Panuelo said on Friday, a deal seen as important in Washington’s efforts to counter Chinese influence in the Pacific.

Micronesia is one of three Pacific Island states that has so-called compacts of free association with the United States, which allows Washington exclusive access to airspace and territorial waters in exchange for financial assistance.

“Our negotiation team actually will be in (Washington) D.C. soon where the two governments will likely be signing an MOU for the extension of the economic provisions for another 20 years,” Panuelo told reporters on a visit to Tokyo.

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