FSM President David W. Panuelo and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Tokyo on Nov. 14, affirming their alliance. Photo courtesy of FSMIS
Tokyo, Japan— Federated States of Micronesia President David W. Panuelo and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed their mutual commitment to the free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy, as FSM affirmed its alliance with Japan and the United States.
“On the issue of North Korea, the FSM stands with Japan and the international community on the important issue in condemning their human rights violations, including the abductions of civilians, and nuclear testing,” Panuelo said during a meeting with Abe on Nov. 14.
Panelo emphasized that FSM “will be on [Japan’s and the United States’] side all the time,” particularly when it comes to upholding the rule of law, promoting democratic values, and strengthening maritime security, such as efforts toward tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Panelo extended his nation’s support for Japan’s candidature to join the United Nations Security Council in 2022, as well as for Japan’s permanent placement on the United Nations Security Council if and when the Security Council is reformed.
“The FSM is so confident in Japan’s role in regional and world stability and security that our country supports Japan for its candidature to the United Nations Security Council in the 2022 election. Furthermore, the FSM will advocate to the world that the United Nations Security Council must expand with additional permanent members—and Japan MUST be one of them,” Panuelo said in a press conference following the bilateral meeting.