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The United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands sign three Compact of Free Association-related agreements

by | Oct 17, 2023 | Federal Government | 0 comments

On October 16, the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands signed three agreements related to the US-Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Compact of Free Association: (1) an Agreement to Amend the Compact, as Amended, (2) a new Fiscal Procedures Agreement, and (3) a new Trust Fund Agreement. The conclusion of these agreements was described as affirming the close and continuing partnership between the United States and the RMI.

Special Presidential Envoy for Compact Negotiations Joseph Yun signed the agreements for the United States, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jack Ading signed for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands President David Kabua, Chief Negotiator Phillip Muller, and several other senior RMI officials attended the signing in Honolulu, as did US Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Carmen G. Cantor.    

A spokesperson for the US Department of State said in a statement that, “The signing of these three agreements reflects the strong and historic cooperation between our nations and affection between our people. The US-RMI Compact continues to underpin our special relationship that is deep and enduring and that furthers the US commitment to a Pacific that is secure, free and open, and more prosperous. 

US Congressional and RMI Parliament (Nitijela) action is necessary before the agreements can be brought into force, and we appreciate Congress’ bipartisan and bicameral support on this matter.”



William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-José Vélez González is a native from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and a graduate from Florida International University in biomedical engineering, engineering management, and international relations. A designer with a strong interest in science, policy, and innovation, he previously served as the national executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association. William-José lives in Washington, DC, where he works at the Children's National Research Institute and runs Opsin, a nonprofit design studio dedicated to making design more accessible. You can see him on Love is Blind as Lydia's brother. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of Pasquines.


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