Natano: Pacific Islands Forum saddened by Micronesia withdrawal

Kausea Natano

Suva-- The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum and Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said the Forum family will not be complete without its Micronesian brothers and sisters.

He said he was saddened by the recent decision of the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit on Monday to initiate their withdrawal, through national processes, from the Pacific Islands Forum family.

“If there remains any possibility of a resolution to this impasse, I would hope that we can explore this in the name of regional unity and solidarity, recognizing the existential and current challenges of climate change and Covid-19 demanding our undivided attention.

“For the sake of our Pacific people, we should remain open to all opportunities for talanoa or dialogue as has always been the Pacific Way,” Natano said in a statement.