19th Micronesia Presidents’ Summit (MPS) and Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

The chairperson of the 19th Micronesia Presidents’ Summit (MPS), Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., said that the United States, Australia, and Japan are important partners of the Micronesian region and that leaders are willing to work with the three big countries in addressing several issues in the area.

“US, Japan, and Australia need to show leadership and we are willing to work with them to address many of our concerns that otherwise we cannot address on our own. This is the basis of five countries coming together as members of the Northern Pacific region,” Remengesau said.

Remengesau reiterated the need for nations in the region to come together, acknowledging that the job cannot be done alone by the countries from Micronesia.

“We also need the partnership of our developed partners in the region,” Remengesau said.

The MPS chair said that if nations from the region stick together, then they can be better heard and can become better partners.

The 19th Micronesia Presidents’ Summit, which was held on Februaray 20 and 21 in Palau, brought in state leaders from Kiribati, Nauru, Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau to discuss pressing issues in the region and come up with united actions to counter these. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)