2017 Joint Committee Meeting in Chuuk State

The 2017 Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America was hosted by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert in Weno, Chuuk State on December 1, 2017. It was the first JCM held in Chuuk State and the first JCM to be attended by the current US Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield of Joint Region Marianas whose security and defense responsibilities cover the North Pacific of the Marianas Islands, Republic of Palau and the FSM. The JCM is an annual consultation between the FSM and the US under Title III of the Compact of Free Association.

 

Truk Stop Hotel conference room was the venue whereby Governor of Chuuk State Johnson Elimo opened the meeting by welcoming and thanking both the delegation members for selecting Chuuk as the venue of the JCM. He also expressed appreciation to the US delegation for the ongoing Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) projects in Chuuk State, Search and Rescue missions conducted in Chuuk, among others. Secretary Lorin S. Robert delivered a statement thanking the leadership of Chuuk State as the venue for the JCM, and conveying his appreciation of the Title III of the Compact with the US Government. As head of the U.S. delegation, Ambassador Robert Riley reciprocated by expressing his appreciation to the participating officials at the JCM from both sides as it relates to the Title III of the Compact, a commitment from the US government to provide security and defense to the FSM. Ambassador Riley also highlighted some of the recent and ongoing engagements between the US and the FSM such as CCAD program, Pacific Partnership 2018, and FSM citizens enlisted and serving in the US military, to name a few. Rear Admiral Chatfield also delivered a brief remark thanking both sides for her participation in the JCM and indicated that as a representative for Admiral Harry Harris of PACOM, she is duty-bound to defend her area of jurisdiction from all threats including those from North Korea. She also complimented those FSM citizens who have served and are serving in the US military.

 

The FSM represented to the 2017 JCM were Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert, Governor Johnson Elimo of Chuuk State, Lt. Governor Carson Sigrah of Kosrae State, Consul General Robert Ruecho of FSM Consulate Office in Guam, Acting Attorney General Abigail Avoryie, Chief of Staff Leo Falcam Jr. and other officials from the National and States governments.

 

Representing the US government were Ambassador Robert A. Riley III, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings and other officials from the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Embassy in the FSM.