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Samoa’s PM urges Fiji to give USP grant

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Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has called on the Fijian Government to release the grant that it continues to withhold from the University of the South Pacific. Last night, the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum remained firm with Fiji’s position to investigate the matter. “We said that there needs to be an investigation into the issue – these...

Kiribati will always be a part of the Pacific family; unity will always be our focus: Forum Chair

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By Pita Ligaiula Fijian Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Voreqe Bainimarama says the island nation of Kiribati will always be a part of the Pacific family, despite the country's withdrawal from the region's premier political organisation. While welcoming leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva Tuesday, Bainimarama said their common challenges have never been more serious...

Micronesia bloc responds to Kiribati’s departure from Pacific Forum

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The four Micronesian nations are “saddened” by Kiribati's shock decision to leave the Pacific Islands Forum regional body (PIF), the Federated States of Micronesia president says. The Micronesian Presidents' Summit (MPS) is expected to release a joint statement concerning Kiribati's departure from the regional PIF summit, in the coming days. But, speaking to RNZ Pacific, Federated States of Micronesia president David...

Kiribati’s exit ‘not an ideal situation’: Samoa PM Fiame Mata’afa

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By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong The shocking exit of Kiribati from the Pacific Islands Forum’s membership was “not an ideal situation”, Samoan Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has said. In an interview with the Samoa Observer in Fiji, after the news broke that Kiribati had pulled the plug on its membership, the Samoan Prime Minister said when she...

U.S announces new embassies in major Pacific push as it jostles with China for influence in region

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The U.S has announced a major step-up in its engagement with the Pacific region, including the establishment of new embassies in Kiribati and Tonga, in moves that will be seen as attempts to counter China’s growing influence in the region. The U.S vice-president, Kamala Harris, made the announcement on Tuesday, as Pacific leaders gathered in Suva, Fiji for the Pacific...

Pacific islands youth “cannot wait” for climate change action, Vanuatu says

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The leader of Vanuatu, pushing to take climate change to the international court, said the slow pace of international negotiations over emissions reduction was "totally out of step" with the impact Pacific islands are seeing. Leaders from 15 nations are meeting in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum, where they are discussing how to gather more international support and funding...

Pacific dealing with runaway climate crisis: Forum Chair

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By Pita Ligaiula As the Pacific emerge from the grip of COVID-19 our region remain in a state of turmoil, says Fijian Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum. In his opening remarks at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue with Associate Members and Forum Observers in Suva Tuesday, Voreqe Bainimarama said many countries continue to deal with...

China influenced Kiribati exit from Pacific Islands Forum, MP claims

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Kiribati’s decision to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum on the eve of the event was an extreme move driven by pressure from China, the Micronesian nation’s opposition leader says. Tessie Lambourne, a former top diplomat who was elected to Kiribati’s parliament in 2020, said she was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the government’s move to withdraw from the Pacific...

PIF must remain united: Wong

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The region is stronger together says Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong. Wong made the comments following Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Dialogue with associate members and forum observers today. She said a lot of discussions have taken place about the Pacific Island Forum unity. The Foreign Minister says the position the Australian government has consistently taken is that they were seeking...

USP “students are hurting” says Pro Chancellor

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By Samantha Magick As Pacific leaders meet in Suva to discuss deepening regionalism through the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, USP, the region’s university continues to suffer the impacts of continued funding constraints. The Pro Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific says “students are hurting” as the conflict between the Fiji government and USP continues over leadership...

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