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PM Puna to meet President Obama in Hawaii

Wednesday August 31, 2016 Written by Published in Politics
Prime Minister Henry Puna. 16080121 Prime Minister Henry Puna. 16080121

PRIME MINISTER Henry Puna will be among the Pacific leaders who will meet with United States president Barrack Obama in Hawaii this week.

 

Puna, who is attending the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders which started yesterday in Honolulu, will meet President Obama in an event tomorrow evening.

The 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders will culminate with the Pacific Ocean Summit on Thursday.

The conference is expected to bring out a range of issues for discussion between delegates from the Pacific Island countries and US officials.

The Pacific Island nations are expected to come out of regional discussions with the US holding a stronger collective perspective on key regional issues including climate change and security.

The meeting also provides an opportunity for countries in the region to work with US officials towards the change of government in the US, so leaders can hit the ground running when the new president takes office in January.

Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill, who will chair the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, said in the past, the conference had covered research in areas that include the drawdown of of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), maritime issues, the future of seabed mining and other significant regional matters.

“This week we have a number of important topics before us including regional safety and security and these are issues that affect all Pacific Island nations,” O’Neill told PNG Today.

“The international community has a number of concerns at the moment including maritime disputes, the spread of terrorist attacks, global economic instability and the constant threat of extreme weather caused by climate change.

“We must manage current political tensions through dialogue, and we must manage economic challenges by sticking with sensible financial management.

“Pacific Islands nations cannot take on these issues alone, we must partner with other like-minded nations and stand up for our interests in the global community.”

Puna and the other regional leaders will be provided high level security this week with limousines or US Secret Service vehicles for transportation during the conference.