Pacific Forum Leaders Apologize to Micronesia After Leadership Split

The leaders of several Pacific island nations met to mend fences after Micronesia pulled out of the region’s peak body, the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), in February over disagreements about the selection of its new secretary-general, whose election to the position at least one Micronesian leader indicated was influenced by China. After the political dialogue mechanism called the Forum Troika Plus was set up in March to facilitate open and frank discussions among the Pacific leaders following the split, Micronesian leaders have signalled that there is a way to go. The dialogue was attended by the leaders of Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Nauru, Fiji, and Samoa, who offered apologies to Micronesia. Forum chair Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano welcomed the dialogue saying it was an opportunity for the PIF to express their regret and apologise for the “current circumstances facing our Forum family.” “Whilst there remain issues to be addressed, I am …
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