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U.S, Palau conclude Joint Committee Meeting

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Koror--Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Senior Military Official for Palau, and President Surangel Whipps Jr. led the bilateral Joint Committee Meeting Nov. 16 and 17 in Koror, joined by senior leaders from

INDOPACOM, the U.S. Department of State and the government of Palau.

The JCM is in accordance with the Compact of Free Association Title

III: Security and Defense Relations and promotes ongoing dialogue between

nations for the purpose of enhancing security and defense responsibilities

in the region.

"We are in a period of change and strategic growth in our defense posture in

this region," Huffman said. "It is crucial that we have a full understanding

of our individual and mutual needs as two countries in partnership - so that

our military can successfully protect and defend our people and our freedoms

as we have promised."

The JCM agenda for this session included defense responsibilities,

infrastructure building, and regional military exercises.

"With our goals aligned, we will advance our security efforts, as partners,

for the mutual benefit of our two countries and the region," U.S. Ambassador

to Palau Joel Ehrendreich said. (JRM)

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