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    President David W. Panuelo arrives in Washington, D.C., for Historic Visit to the White House



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    President David W. Panuelo arrives in Washington, D.C., for historic visit to the White House

     

    Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2019, FSMIS)– His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), arrived safely into D.C. this morning for his official Working Visit to the White House.  Only nine days into his administration, President Panuelo joined his two fellow Micronesian Presidents, His Excellency Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., of the Republic of Palau (ROP), and Her Excellency Dr. Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), for this historic meeting. 

     

    Shortly after arrival in the United States Capital, President Panuelo joined Presidents Remengesau and Heine for a briefing and social gathering hosted by President Heine at the RMI Embassy.  The briefing was the result of on-going planning and coordination efforts of the three Micronesian Ambassadors based in D.C.:  Ambassadors Hershey Kyota (ROP), Gerald Zackios (RMI), and Akillino H. Susaia (FSM). 

     

    “This is an historic event and it’s important that we continue to collaborate in keeping with the spirit of a unified Micronesian region as we sit at the table with our United States partner”, said President Panuelo.

     

    The three Presidents collectively discussed important common regional issues in preparation for the meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump.  They acknowledged the historical importance of the visit while recognizing the opportunity to highlight and emphasize the unique, and enduring, relationship the three countries have with the United States.  While in D.C., President Panuelo will be meeting with President Trump, Secretary Pompeo of the Department of State, Secretary Shanahan of the Department of Defense, Secretary Bernhardt of the Department of Interior, and Secretary Wilkie of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He will also be meeting with ranking members of the U.S. Congress from both the House and the Senate. 

     

    For more information please contact the FSM Embassy in D.C., at (202)223-4383, or visit http://fsmembassydc.org/.

    U.S. State of Washington’s Governor Inslee Signs Dental Health Bill for FSM & COFA Citizens



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    U.S. State of Washington’s Governor Inslee Signs Dental Health Bill for FSM & COFA Citizens

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—In part due to the ceaseless commitment towards advocacy from the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), on May 8th, 2019, the Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor of the U.S. State of Washington, signed into law Washington State Senate Bill 5274, which creates a dental care program for residents of the state who are citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Specifically, Washington State Senate Bill 5274 extends oral health insurance to low-income Micronesian citizens, treating the citizens of our Nation and the other Freely Associated States essentially equivalently with U.S. citizens for this purpose.

    The bill was passed unanimously in Washington State’s legislature, with legislative sponsors including Washington State Senators Hasegawa, Hunt, Wilson, Billig, Nguyen, Conway, Das, Frockt, Keiser, Randall, and Saldana, with advocacy from CANN and its partners, including the Children’s Alliance of Washington and the Washington Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs.

    “There continues to be growing bipartisan support for the Micronesian community, and many lawmakers have come around to better understand, and befriend, the Micronesian community,” said the Honorable Joe Enlet, the FSM’s Consul General in the U.S. State of Oregon and the President of CANN. “[However], all credit should be given to the community members themselves who have participated in advocating for these bills…. Community members have had legislators attend their community functions like weddings, birthday parties, and funerals.”

    The signing of Washington State Senate Bill 5274 is one of many recent demonstrations of solidarity between the FSM and its U.S. partners, particularly in the U.S. State of Washington and the U.S. State of Oregon. For example, in the U.S. State of Washington all low-income Micronesian citizens are eligible for healthcare coverage in a manner essentially equivalent to how U.S. citizens living in the state are treated.

    In the U.S. State of Oregon, recent legislation include a driver’s license bill (which extends full-term driver’s licenses to Micronesian citizens), a resolution to recognize the Compact of Free Association (COFA), a COFA Premium Assistance Program (which provides medical coverage for low-income Micronesians in Oregon in an equivalent manner to U.S. citizens in Oregon), and a Law Enforcement Bill (which allows citizens of the Freely Associated States to be eligible for careers in law enforcement).

    “There are two other bills under review at the Oregon legislature,” said Consul General Enlet. “The first is a tuition equity [fairness] bill, which will make Micronesians qualify for in-state tuition at all public colleges in Oregon…the second is a bill that provides dental coverage for Micronesians in Oregon,” similar to the recently passed Washington State Senate Bill 5274.

    The FSM National Government expresses its most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of the U.S. State of Washington, and the U.S. State of Oregon, for their bipartisan and genuine support for the Micronesians who live among them; the FSM National Government similarly extends its appreciation to all who advocate for fair and equal treatment.

    The FSM is dedicated towards producing positive and peaceful relationships with all countries and peoples throughout the world. The Nation’s relationship with the USA is both special and unique, and it is the hope of the FSM National Government that the FSM and USA will always have such a special partnership, to include additional U.S. States following the leadership of the U.S. States of Washington and Oregon in their bipartisan support for our citizens residing in their lands.

    Interested in learning more about the special relationship between the FSM and the USA? Visit the website for the FSM Embassy in Washington D.C. here: http://www.fsmembassydc.org/

    Japanese Ambassador Horie Pays Courtesy Call on President Panuelo, Invites Him to Emperor’s Enthronement Ceremony


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    Japanese Ambassador Horie Pays Courtesy Call on President Panuelo, Invites Him to Emperor’s Enthronement Ceremony

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On May 15th, 2019, His Excellency Ryochie Horie, Ambassador of Japan, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The purpose of the meeting was for Ambassador Horie to congratulate President Panuelo on his election to the highest office, to broadly discuss FSM-Japan relations, including recent assistance through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and to invite President Panuelo on behalf of the Japanese Government to attend the Enthronement Ceremony of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.

    “I thank you, Ambassador, for the assistance you and your Government have given us,” said President Panuelo, who cited various examples of Japanese assistance ranging from vessels such as the MV Caroline Voyager and MV Navigator, electrical power capacity throughout the Nation, restoration and promotional support for national heritage sites such as Nan Madol, and capacity-building through people-to-people relationships as exemplified by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and their Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

    President Panuelo and Ambassador Horie spent much of their conversation discussing the close relationship between the FSM and Japan—on a people-to-people level as much as the strong government-to-government relations—and issues of mutual interest to the FSM and Japan, such as regional security and cooperation. “We’d like to work more closely with your Government [on these issues],” said Ambassador Horie.

    While the new era of Japan’s timeline, the Reiwa Era—meaning “beautiful harmony”—began when His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1st, 2019, the Enthronement Ceremony is scheduled to occur in October, 2019. Ambassador Horie was keen to determine if President Panuelo would be able to attend.

    “Can I report to Tokyo that you’re going?” asked Ambassador Horie to President Panuelo.

    “Yes,” said President Panuelo, “With the closeness of our bilateral relationship, the [cultural, symbolic, and historical] importance of being there—it would be my honor and privilege to witness His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan [at his Enthronement Ceremony].” President Panuelo thanked Ambassador Horie for the people and Government of Japan’s consistently genuine, thoughtful, practical, and peaceful relationship with the people and Government of the FSM.

    The FSM is dedicated towards producing positive and peaceful relationships with all countries and peoples throughout the world. Though the FSM and Japan celebrated their 30th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations on November 2nd, 2018, the history between the FSM and Japan stretches more than 100 years, and the FSM National Government will endeavor to ensure that the relationship between the FSM and Japan always remains close, friendly, and supportive.

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