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Palau – United States relations
Palau   United States
Map indicating location of Palau and USA
     Palau      United States

Palau – United States relations are bilateral relations between the sovereign nations of Palau and the United States.

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History

Relations between Palau and the United States are excellent, with Palau and the United States cooperating on many key issues, including the fact the Palau and the United States are two of only a few countries that consistently support Israel in the United Nations. On October 1, 1994, after five decades of US administration, the country of Palau became the last component of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to gain its independence. In 1978, Palau decided not to join the the Federated States of Micronesia, due to culture and language differences, and instead sought independence. In 1986, the Compact of Free Association agreement between Palau and the United States was approved, paving the way for Palau's independence.[1] However, the Compact was not ratified until 1993, and ultimately came into force when Palau gained its independence in 1994. Under the Compact, the U.S. remains responsible for Palau's defense for 50 years, but no US military forces are currently stationed in Palau.[2]

In June 2009, Palauan President Johnson Toribiong accepted to "temporarily resettle" "up to seventeen" non-combatant Uyghur detainees from Guantanamo, at the United States' request.[3]

Principal officials at the U.S. embassy in Koror

  • Chargé d'Affaires--Mark J. Benzer[4]
  • Management Specialist--Valerie L. Polloi
  • Political Assistant--Mona Carlson
  • Consular Assistanta--Marjorie T. Towai
  • Secretary--Francine M. Ngiraswei

Principal officials at the Palau embassy

See also

External Links

References

  1. ^ www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ps.html
  2. ^ www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2137.html
  3. ^ "Palau to take Guantanamo Uighurs", BBC, June 10, 2009
  4. ^ palau.usembassy.gov/about_the_embassy.html
  5. ^ www.palauembassy.com/home.htm

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]

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