FILE PHOTO. Vice President Raynold Oilouch in one of the press conferences held in 2019 at the Office of the President in Meyuns.

Vice President Raynold Oilouch speaking at a press conference. (File Photo)

With many high profile government officials all over the world expected to participate in Palau’s hosting of Our Ocean Conference next year, Palau has requested the United States government to assist with the security arrangements for the event.

Justice Minister and Vice President Raynold Oilouch told Island Times in an interview that Palau alone will not be able to handle the security for the event, hence, prompting the country to ask for assistance from the US.

Oilouch said that the security for the Our Ocean Conference will be one of the main topics to be discussed in the Mid-Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) with the US officials scheduled early May.

“We are very much aware that many heads of governments will be coming to Palau and we want to make sure that the security is adequate and that everyone is safe while the conference is going on,” Oilouch said.

The Our Ocean Conference is an event that focuses on generating commitments in the protection and preservation of the oceans. It is participated by various stakeholders from across the globe. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)