This summit builds on the historic first-ever Summit which happened last year and augments discussions on shared priorities and commitments after the U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Dialogue, in Port Moresby, earlier in May 2023.
The Summit will focus on key priority issues of climate change, sustainable and inclusive economic development, maritime security, rules-based international order, and other multilateral priorities.
Prime Minister James Marape arrived in Washington D.C 9pm Washington time on Sunday Evening to be part of the 2nd United States-Pacific Island Country Summit.
At the arrival Treasurer Ling-Stuckey and Hon. Justin Tkatchenko were there to welcome PM Marape.
In US President Joe Biden’s invitation letter to PM Marape to the 2nd US-PIC Summit in Washington D.C., early this month, Biden highlighted significant points to be discussed at the US-PIC Summit.
“United by our shared values, this Summit will be an opportunity to discuss how we can continue advancing our shared vision of a free and open, resilient, and prosperous Pacific,” President Biden highlighted in his letter.
President Biden added that includes building off the progress last September when our governments reaffirmed our commitment to partner with one another in pursuit of this vision through the first-ever Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership.
President Biden highlighted that they will also discuss opportunities to bolster Pacific regionalism.
“And we will focus on how we can deepen our cooperation on top challenges including tackling the climate crisis; advancing economic growth; promoting sustainable development; strengthening health security; expanding our people-to-people ties; and countering illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,”
“I look forward to welcoming you and our fellow Leaders to the White House, where we will take our partnership to new heights.
“Together, I am confident we will not only continue to transform our plans into progress we will shape a future of greater possibilities for our people and people around the world.”