The 18th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) was held in Majuro of the Republic of the
Marshall Islands on February 27, 2018 with two new additional members. The MPS is an annual
Summit of the Presidents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands
and Republic of Palau but this year, the Republic of Nauru and Republic of Kiribati joined for the
first time.
The Summit is an annual event for the Micronesian Presidents to discuss issues of common
concern at the national, regional and international levels. The five Presidents signed the Delap
Joint Communique based on discussions by the Presidents on a whole range of issues such as air
space management and air services, regional maritime cooperation, regional vocational
cooperation on agriculture, trade, technology, and related issues. The Presidents also discussed
issues concerning climate change, and sustainable sea transport.
 
In his opening statement, President Peter M. Christian, thanked and welcomed President Baron
Waqa of Nauru and President Taneti Maamau of Kiribati to the Summit. President Christian
expressed appreciation for their participation. He indicated that the MPS has come full circle with
Kiribati and Nauru’s joining the 18th MPS for the first time in Majuro.
The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Lorin S. Robert, R&D Secretary Marion
Henry, Justice Secretary Joses Gallen, NORMA Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan, and other officials
from the national government. The next MPS will be hosted by Palau. A copy of the Delap Joint 
Communiqué is available on the FSMPIO Website: http://www.fsmpio.fm/ For more information, please
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On January 11, 2018, President Peter M. Christian received His Excellency Arifin Tasrif as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the FSM with residence in Tokyo, Japan.  
 
During the ceremony, President Christian congratulated him on his new appointment and for being the first to present his credentials (POC) in the year 2018. He further acknowledged the importance of Ambassador Tasrif’s presentation of credentials by bringing the largest delegation to Pohnpei.  He also expressed his confidence that the close relationship between FSM and Indonesia will continue to grow in the years ahead as we continue to engage in issues of mutual interest.
 
The Ambassador thanked the President for the warm welcome and despite his short stay here in the FSM, he later informed the President that some of the members of his delegation will remain to further engage with relevant entities that can provide to significantly contribute to the economic and social development for both the FSM and Indonesia. The President and Ambassador exchanged views on an array of regional and international issues such as climate change, transportation and human resource development among others.
 
 Accompanying Ambassador Tasrif, were his spouse, Madam Ratna M. Tasrif; Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun, Special Staff of the Foreign Minister on Strategic Issues; and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Immigration, Defense, and Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Arifin Tasrif succeeds his predecessor Yusron Ihza Mahendra.
 
In attendance of the ceremony were members of the President’s Cabinet, staff from the President Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
 

On Friday morning of January 12, 2018 President Peter M. Christian received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Jaideep Mazumdar, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the FSM, in an official ceremony held at the President’s new conference room.
 
During the ceremony, President Christian welcomed Ambassador to the FSM and thanked him for taking his time to visit the FSM to formally present his credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the FSM. Among other issues discussed in the meeting, President Christian indicated the air service, agriculture and capacity building are critical to FSM’s economic development. He also indicated that climate change is still a top priority for FSM.
 
During his short visit to the FSM, Ambassador Mazumdar also paid courtesy call on the Department heads of Foreign Affairs, Resources and Development, Transportation Communications and Infrastructure, Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management and Justice.
 
In attendance of the ceremony were members of the President’s cabinet, staff from the President Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
 

Handed Over-Certificate of $800,000
Press Release #1612-04
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
December 12, 2017
 
Palikir, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs): On December 9, 2016, a signing of a handover certificate took place at the President’s conference room between Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the FSM, T.H. Lorin Robert and H.E. Li Jie of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. The monetary assistance of $800,000 will be used to subsidize the newly launched Air Niuguni that provides service between Papua New Guinea and FSM.   
 
In a short remark, Ambassador Li Jie stated that the Chinese Government is happy to assist the FSM in its transportation development efforts. He further stated that the assistance will not only improve FSM’s transportation development but will certainly contribute to the FSM’s economy and nation building effort.  
 
Secretary Lorin Robert reciprocated the remark by thanking Ambassador Li and the Chinese Government on behalf of President Christian and Vice President George for the generous assistance. He concluded by assuring Ambassador Li that the assistance will be put to its intended purposes and that it will certainly enhance the good working relations between FSM and China. 
 
For further information on this release, please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, APAMA Division at 320-2613.

 

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