February 14, 2017(Koror, Palau) H.E. George Fraser, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the government of Australia to the Republic of Palau met President Remengesau to convey his congratulations on the success of his re-election and expressed his desire to continue working in close partnership with Palau into the future.
Ambassador Fraser also took the opportunity to seek Palau’s support for Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period of 2018-2020.
Ambassador Fraser conveyed Australia’s desire to push for five pillars in areas of gender equality, freedom of expression, migration, indigenous rights and stronger institutions for human rights in its campaign to the UNHRC.
President Remengesau expressed that Australia has been an important partner and a good friend of the Republic of Palau.
“Palau is privileged to have Australia’s unwavering commitment in supporting Palau on areas of maritime surveillance and cooperation, ocean resource management and climate change adaptation,” said President Remengesau.
“I look forward to continue strengthening our relations,” the President added.
Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat Program and the replacement of the PSS H.I. Remeliik in 2019 with a newer more capable surveillance vessel is a strong example of relations Palau and Australia has shared over the years.
Ambassador Fraser further expressed Australia’s commitments to fortify partnership and relations in this respect. [/restrict]