Micronesian leaders discuss transport, COVID and the Forum split

By Nic Maclellan

Leaders of five Micronesian countries have moved to strengthen their sub-regional co-ordination at the 20th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS).

Meeting under the theme “Sustainable Transportation and Trade through the Micronesian Region”, the five presidents issued the Naoero Communiqué covering trade and shipping, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, transnational crime and IUU fishing – and the Micronesian bloc’s troubled split with the Pacific Islands Forum.

Nauru President Lionel Rouwen Aingimea hosted the virtual meeting from 30 August to 2 September, alongside fellow presidents Taneti Maamau of Kiribati, David Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia . . .

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