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Panuelo discusses FSM-US partnership with Trump’s new national security advisor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 11, 2019, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia was received by the new national security advisor to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Robert C. O’Brien, in a courtesy call.

The national security advisor is at the top of the National Security Council, which advises the president of the U.S. on matters of national security. The purpose of the meeting was to reaffirm the enduring and unshakeable partnership between the FSM and the United States, and to discuss security issues of mutual interest to both countries.

President Panuelo emphasized that defense is a major and perpetual pillar of FSM-U.S. relations, which National Security Advisor O’Brien agreed was a critical relationship for both countries.

O’Brien then asked Panuelo what he, and the National Security Council can do for the FSM.

Chief of Staff to the President of the FSM Leo A. Falcam Jr.; U.S. National Security Council member Alexander B. Gray; Ambassador of the FSM to the U.S. Akillino H. Susaia; FSM President David W. Panuelo; U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien; Deputy Chief of Mission of the FSM to the U.S. Jackson T. Soram; and U.S. National Security Council member Joseph Riley.  FSMIS photoChief of Staff to the President of the FSM Leo A. Falcam Jr.; U.S. National Security Council member Alexander B. Gray; Ambassador of the FSM to the U.S. Akillino H. Susaia; FSM President David W. Panuelo; U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien; Deputy Chief of Mission of the FSM to the U.S. Jackson T. Soram; and U.S. National Security Council member Joseph Riley. FSMIS photo

Panuelo noted that while the defense ties between the FSM and the U.S. are of critical import, economic development — and economic stability — correlate with a country’s overall defense outlook.

He said looking into the health of FSM’s economy and economic opportunities for its citizens may be of value in future FSM-U.S. dialogues, such as the Joint Committee Meeting to occur in Palikir this November.

The meeting ended on a positive note, with O’Brien expressing his and the U.S. government’s appreciation for the FSM citizens who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. armed forces.

O’Brien extended his thanks and gratitude to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of the U.S. and FSM’s common goals and values, including the upholding of democracy, freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific, and the rule of law and justice for all.