Thursday 11 August 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in
United States President Joe Biden. Photo: RNZ
Cook Islands have not had any engagement from US officials on the proposed high-level hosting by the US government intended for next month, says Tepaeru Herrmann, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
According to RNZ, Pacific Islands Forum leaders are set to meet with United States President Joe Biden next month as Washington aims to accelerate its diplomatic efforts to counter China’s presence in the region.
says the Cook Islands Government note as reported by mainstream media the
comments by senior US officials currently visiting the Pacific region of US
President Biden’s interest in hosting Pacific leaders next month in Washington,
in the margins of the UN General Assembly.
Cook Islands Government would welcome elevated and expanded engagement with the
Government of the United States, including directly with President Biden. Such
elevated engagement would however require in the first instance, direct and
timely engagement between the two governments,” she said.
this time, we’ve not had any engagement from US officials on the proposed high-level
hosting by the US government intended for next month.”
US deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, who is on a whirlwind Pacific
tour, has confirmed President Biden is “looking forward to welcoming” Pacific
leaders to the White House in September, which will coincide with the week of
the United Nations' General Assembly.
said the exact date for the meeting will be announced “very soon”.