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‘Bold and unexpected’ moves from United States as Cook Islands sovereignty recognised

Saturday 1 October 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in National, Politics

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‘Bold and unexpected’ moves from United States as Cook Islands sovereignty recognised
President Joe Biden, center, poses for a photo with Pacific Island leaders on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. From left, New Caledonia President Louis Mapou, Tonga Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr., Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano, Micronesia President David Panuelo, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Biden, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, Marshall Islands President David Kabua, Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The United States’ moves towards recognising the Cook Islands as a ‘sovereign state’ is a sign they are looking to refocus their approach to the Pacific Islands, a foreign policy commentator says.

The United States’ moves towards recognising the Cook Islands as a ‘sovereign state’ is a sign they are looking to refocus their approach to the Pacific Islands, a foreign policy commentator says.


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