Pacific Islands Forum leaders are set to meet with United States President Joe Biden next month as Washington aims to accelerate its diplomatic efforts to counter China’s presence in the region.
The US deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman – who is on a whirlwind Pacific tour – has confirmed President Biden is “looking forward to welcoming” Pacific leaders to the White House in September, which will coincide with the week of the United Nations’ General Assembly.
Sherman said the exact date for the meeting will be announced “very soon”.
She arrived in Samoa on Thursday for a brief visit and was in Tonga before flying to Solomon Islands for the 80th anniversary commemorations of the of the Battle of Guadalcanal.
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