Annual Maritime Security Cooperation Talks between FSM and Australia
Press Release #1607-02

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, representatives from the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Government of Australian held their bilateral
Annual Maritime Surveillance Talks (MSC) at the OEEM Conference room in Palikir. The objective of the annual meeting is to strengthen and deepen the bilateral security relationship between the two countries and to provide an opportunity to exchange views on a range of shared security challenges affecting the region. In his welcoming remarks, Secretary Lorin S. Robert of the Department of Foreign Affairs welcomed the Australian Delegation headed by Ambassador George Fraser who was accompanied by Assistant Secretary Jenny Da Rin from the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade along with their respective key staff on maritime security matters. Secretary Robert reiterated the FSM’s appreciation to Australian Government for its continued commitments in supporting FSM’s maritime surveillance capacity.

This year’s meeting both FSM and Australia reaffirmed their commitments to the ongoing efforts and collaborations, such as maritime surveillance,
computer system upgrade in the NPMW Vessel Monitoring System Communications Center, technical assistance and training opportunities for the national law officers and other related areas. 

In the meeting also both countries shared view or idea on how to respond to the increased of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the region. The meeting was updated on
the replacement of the current surveillance boats, FSS Micronesia and FSS Palikir.  It was indicated that aerial support will be provided also as part of the replacement package.  The meeting was concluded with a closing remark by Secretary Joses Gallen reiterating FSM’s appreciation for the assistance and contributions by the Australian Government to the FSM on Maritime security and enforcement.  Accompanied Secretary Gallen and Secretary Robert were Chief of Staff Leo Falcam, Jr.; Chief of Police Johnny Santos and officials from Department of Justice, Department of Foreign Affairs and NORMA.