Pacific leaders to attend summit in the US

Posted on 06 September 2022

US President Joe Biden will host leaders of Pacific Island nations in Washington on September 28-29.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement the summit “will demonstrate the United States’ deep and enduring partnership with Pacific Island countries and the Pacific region.” It will also reflect cooperation on key issues such as climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, maritime security, environmental protection, and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The Biden Administration has invited 12 Pacific Islands countries, including Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Tuvalu.

The US has not invited the Cook Islands, Niue, New Caledonia or French Polynesia.