Tuesday, August 15th 2023, 11:56 AM ChST By KUAM News
The bilateral joint committee meeting is underway this week in Kosrae.
Rear Admiral Gregory Huffman, the U.S. Indo-Pacific command senior military official for the Federated States of Micronesia was joined by FSM Vice President Arek Palik and other senior leaders in the FSM.
The agenda includes defense responsibilities, support for law enforcement, increasing maritime security for sovereign borders, and preparing for and responding to hazards unique to Pacific Island communities.
The military said the meeting is in accordance with the Compact of Free Association Title III: Security and Defense Relations and enables ongoing dialogue between nations, which proves to enhance security and defense responsibilities in the region.
Huffman stated, “The FSM is an important partner for the united states as we work to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” adding, “These meetings are crucial to our commitment to the defense of the Micronesian region.”