Palau will be joining other Pacific leaders in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Fiji via zoom on Saturday, confirmed Minister of State Gustav Aitaro.
“It has not been decided who will represent Palau, that will be decided once we receive the meeting agenda tomorrow,” added Minister Aitaro.
The meeting of the Pacific leaders with Secretary Blinken is being organized by the United States government and not by the Pacific Island Forum said Aitaro.
The trip by Secretary Blinken to the Pacific has been reported to demonstrate the United States government’s commitment to the region and to strengthen relationships with its Pacific allies.
The reports say that Blinken will meet with New Zealand, Japan, and Australia counterparts in Australia before meeting with the Pacific island country leaders in Fiji.
It is not yet known what will be on the agenda but FSM President Panuelo had said he would bring the issue of climate change and illegal fishing up with Blinken.