President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on Wednesday confirmed that Palau is hosting an in-person meeting among the leaders of Kiribati, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
In a press conference on Wednesday, President Remengesau said while details of the planned MicronesianPresidents’ Summit is still being ironed out, the leaders are aiming to meet in October.
“The leaders have shown their preference for coming to Palau during Independence Day, and at the same time hold the Micronesian Presidential Summit, which Nauru was scheduled to host this year’s meeting..”
He said the summit with Nauru President Lionel Aingimea , Kiribati President TanetiMaamau, Marshall Islands President David Kabua, and the Federated States of Micronesia President David W. Panuelo, will also highlight COVID-free nations in Micronesia.
Nauru President Lionel Aingimea in a statement from his office said the other leaders have agreed to the proposal of Palau to attend the Independence Day celebration here on October 1 and use the occasion to also convene a special leaders meeting of the MPS.
The statement also said that a request was made for Nauru Airlines to run a service across the five island countries to ‘pick up’ delegates for the meeting in Palau,
“Two thumbs up, you have Nauru Airlines’ support,” he said during the virtual meeting among the leaders on Wednesday
President Aingimea said Remengesau highlighted the importance of the face-to -face meeting.
“In the words of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr., hosting the MPS either in Palau or Nauru, we still have the message of solidarity of the Micronesian group. We can also showcase that economy is important but also the health of our people is important.” The Micronesian group of islands remains free of the coronavirus.”
The leaders are expected to discuss and reaffirm their commitment of their nomination-Gerald Zackiosfor the position of secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, .
The leaders reaffirmed their support to the Gentlemen’s Agreement which provides for the rotation of the head of the PIF to come from the Micronesian Region this time.
“We have a candidate just as powerful and just as high calibre as anybody else,” President Aingimea said .