The US strives to strengthen relations with Pacific island nations
U.S. National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific region Kurt Campbell. (Photo: AP)
This information is provided by the US National Security Council Coordinator for the region Indian Ocean – Pacific Ocean Kurt Campbell made within the framework of the US – New Zealand business conference taking place in Auckland (New Zealand) on May 2.
Speaking online from Washington, Mr. Campbell said that inviting leaders of Pacific island nations to visit the White House was a move by the Washington administration to strengthen diplomatic relations in the area. “For the United States to function effectively in the Pacific, we must work harder in the areas that are important and meaningful to the people here,” Campbell said.
According to Mr. Campbell, the Biden administration will work with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Agency for International Development Finance (DFC) to fund projects in the region, as well as restore Restore the Peace Corps volunteer program to much of the area.
The Biden administration will also strengthen its support for multilateral engagement through the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and deploy staff to support this forum in the near future.
In addition to strengthening diplomatic relations with Pacific island nations, the US also looks forward to deeper regional cooperation with New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Britain, France and other countries.
According to this official, the US is increasingly optimistic about the future of PIF and will arrange staff to support this forum in the near future.
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