Historic gathering: President Trump to meet with FAS presidents

(From left to right) Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., FSM President David W. Panuelo, and Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine.

The three presidents of the Freely Associated States (FAS) will be heading to the White House to meet with President Donald J. Trump, Tuesday, Washington DC time.

The meeting marks a historical first in FAS and U.S. relations. This is the first time for the White House to host all three island nations in one meeting.

Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine, and FSM President David W. Panuelo will meet with the U.S. president to discuss the close security ties between the United States and the FAS; their shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law, and their mutual interest in maintaining a free and open Pacific.

All three nations are tied with the federal government through the COFA, an agreement which allows FAS citizens to enter, work and live in the U.S. and its territories without a visa for a certain period of time.