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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Upcoming Visit of the Presidents of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia

News Release from White House, May 15, 2019

President Donald J. Trump will welcome the President of the Republic of Palau Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda C. Heine, and President of the Federated States of Micronesia David W. Panuelo to the White House on May 21, 2019. 

This will be the first time all three Freely Associated States (FAS) leaders are hosted together at the White House by a United States president, demonstrating the special partnership between the United States and the FAS. 

The leaders plan to discuss the close security ties between the United States and the FAS, their shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law, and their mutual interest in maintaining a free and open Pacific.

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WSJ: Leaders of Three Strategic Pacific Islands Plan Joint Visit to U.S.

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Interior Applauds President Trump for Executive Order on Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

News Release from US DoI, May 15, 2019 

WASHINGTON – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, today applauded President Donald J. Trump for signing the Executive Order on Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

“I applaud the specific recognition given in the Executive Order to naming the U.S. Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as they are an important part of our American family,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “This new executive order recognizes Americans who may hail from other Pacific Islands and allows for participation in the AAPI Commission by citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia who have long held a special relationship with the United States under the Compacts of Free Association,” continued Domenech. “The Office of Insular Affairs’ mission is to support and improve the lives of families and communities in the U.S. Insular Areas. We will continue to carry out this important mission and we look forward to supporting the President and the AAPI Commission in strengthening access to economic resources and opportunities.”

On Monday, May 13, President Donald J. Trump signed the Executive Order on Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to improve the quality of their lives, raise the standard of living of their families and communities, and more fully participate in the U.S. economy. The Initiative shall also advise on the implementation and coordination of Federal programs as they relate to AAPI access to economic resources and opportunities.

Some highlights from the executive order are as follows:

· Recognizes residents of the U.S. Pacific Island territories and freely associated states as part of the AAPI community;

· Defines the term “Pacific Islander” to include persons within the jurisdiction of the United States having origins or ancestry in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or other Pacific Islands;

· Re-establishes the Co-Chairs of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from the Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation where it was previously with the Department of Education and Department of Commerce;

· Expands membership of the Commission previously only for American citizens and nationals, to allow for citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia who have a Compact of Free Association relationship with the United States and have a history of engagement and involvement with AAPI communities to be appointed by the President as Members of the Commission;

· Incorporates as one aspect of the Mission of the Commission to advise the President on the economic condition of the United States Pacific Island territories and freely associated states in an effort to devise strategies for helping each island develop and maintain a strong and diversified economy that supports its residents.

The full Executive Order on Economic Empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, signed on Monday, May 13, is on the White House website.

David Cohen, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Insular Affairs and Aumua Amata Radewagen, American Samoa’s Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, are two Pacific Islander American members of the AAPI Commission. The Office of Insular Affairs serves as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s point of contact for the Federal Working Group of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

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