President Christian hosts the continuation of the 17th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit

August 15, 2017
FSM—The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia hosted the continuation of the 17th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) in Pohnpei from August 1-2, 2017. The participants included the Presidents of the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, and the RMI Foreign Minister, representing the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. President Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia, as Chair and host of the Summit, welcomed the Leaders of Palau and the Marshall Islands to Pohnpei most especially to Palikir, the seat of the Nation’s Capital.
At the Summit, the Leaders continued to address and discuss pressing issues and challenges impacting the North Pacific Region, including common concerns in regards to the protection of borders and natural resources in the region. Among other issues, the Presidents discussed the need for regional harmonizing of labor and immigration laws and regulations, the need for a Micronesian Regional Vocational Center, and the need to further strengthen and support the Micronesian Transnational Crime Units (MTCUs). Another issue that was placed on the agenda for discussions among the three entities is the subject of Air Space Management, which the Leaders have tasked the relevant and appropriate staff to look further into, and advise the MPS at its next meeting. Other important regional matters were discussed, and the Leaders called for further collaboration and coordination among the three countries. A Palikir Communiqué was produced and signed as an outcome of the meeting.
The Summit concluded on August 2, 2017, and the Leaders have agreed to have next Micronesian Presidents Summit (MPS) in the Marshall Islands early next year 2018. To that extent, the Leaders have also agreed to issue a letter of invitation for the other Micronesian entities, namely Nauru and the Republic of Kiribati to join the MPS as members.

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