Forum Secretariat Apologizes to Micronesian Nations

Micronesian leaders have received an apology from colleagues the Pacific Islands Forum, as Micronesia's leaders believed they had a commitment that their candidate, Gerald Zackios from the Marshall Islands, would be elected Secretary General. Henry Puna of the Cook Islands was selected instead, and the Micronesian nations exited the Forum in protest.

In a virtual meeting - the Troika Plus dialogue - apologies were offered by Papua New Guinea's James Marape, Fiji's Frank Bainimarama, Samoa's Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Mailielegaoi, and outgoing Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor.



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