David Panuelo

‘We’re out!’

‘We’re out!’

Following the hotly contested Pacific Islands Forum election for a new Secretary General last week — in which Micronesia’s candidate Ambassador Gerald Zackios lost — the Marshall Islands and its four neighboring nations have thumbed their collective noses at the Forum, saying they are all pulling out of the premier regional body. The move, approved […]

Talks to extend Compact $$ start

Talks to extend Compact $$ start

GIFF JOHNSON The big news coming from several hours of meetings on Pohnpei Monday between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Hilda Heine and leaders of the FSM and Palau is Pompeo’s announcement that negotiations to extend Compact funding agreements have begun. The post-2023 period, when US grant funding for RMI and FSM […]

Presidents gather in Pohnpei

Presidents gather in Pohnpei

President Hilda Heine traveled to Pohnpei this past Saturday to attend inauguration festivities for new FSM President David Panuelo earlier this week. Heine met with Panuelo Saturday after arrival. The discussion between President Panuelo and President Heine was brief, but covered several topics: the outcomes of the recent Micronesian Islands Forum, activities for the Joint […]