Biden administration set to release first US-Pacific Islands strategy at Washington summit

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WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – Sept. 28, 2022) The United States will release the first-ever U.S.-Pacific Islands Strategy on Wednesday to discuss with nations in the region at a historic summit hosted by President Joe Biden, a source said. responsible for the administration journalists.

The Biden administration is hosting leaders of Pacific island nations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday for a summit aimed at strengthening U.S. engagement with the region on trade and security. The official said he expects a series of announcements in the next two days.

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Vanuatu and Nauru, the official added, are sending representatives and Australia, New Zealand and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum will attend as observers.

The purpose of the strategy document is to address concerns and goals in the Pacific as a whole, including efforts on how to organize disparate elements of the U.S. government to tackle issues such as climate change, training , fishing, investment in technology, among other topics, the official said.

Leaders of Pacific island nations will meet with State Department officials on Wednesday, then meet with U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday, the official said.

Pacific leaders will also visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to speak with a wide range of U.S. business groups ranging from tourism and travel to energy and technology, essentially to talk about how which US business groups can be more actively engaged with Pacific island nations. , the US official said.

On Tuesday, Australian media reported that the Solomon Islands would not sign an 11-point declaration that the United States and its Pacific Island partners are expected to sign at the summit.

A US official, in response to the report, said the United States had had very good consultations with Pacific island nations, but there was still work to be done. There are significant areas of overlap in what the United States wants to achieve and do in the future and what Pacific Island leaders expect, the US official said.

The US official confirmed Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was in Washington to attend the summit.

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