Congressman Faleomavaega announced that he met with the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna, and The Ulu o Tokelau (Head of Tokelau) Salesio Lui yesterday in his Washington, D.C. office.
Faleomavaega greeted both the Prime Minister and The Ulu in his Washington, D.C. office where they discussed key issues in the Pacific region. The Congressman, who serves as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, then hosted the leaders to lunch in the Members Dining Room in the U.S. Capitol together with Subcommittee Chairman, Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio. Following the meeting, the Congressman and his staff escorted the Prime Minister and The Ulu to the House Gallery to observe floor statements by members of the House.
“As Ranking Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, it was a great honor for me to meet with two of our distinguished Pacific leaders this week in my Washington, D.C. office. I thank both Prime Minister Puna and Ulu o Tokelau Lui for taking the time out of their busy schedules to meet with me and for the opportunity to discuss important issues in the Cook Islands, Tokelau and the greater Pacific region,” Congressman Faleomavaega stated.
“I am very glad that we were able to discuss matters relating to fisheries, especially the implementation and enforcement of critical fishery agreements. We were also able to discuss the necessity to explore and invest in the many mineral resources that I know are available and abundant within our islands.”
“It was a pleasure for me to also introduce our Pacific leaders to my dear friend and colleague Chairman Chabot of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. I thank Chairman Chabot for his keen interest in the policy issues affecting some of our smallest island populations in the Pacific, including the Cook Islands and Tokelau,” Faleomavaega added.
“I look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate with the Prime Minister and The Ulu to increase U.S. awareness of major policy issues affecting the Pacific. I am thankful for the chance to build on our bonds of friendship and to further discuss ways in which we can better bridge the Tokelauan as well as the Cook Island communities in the states with our brothers and sisters back home in the islands.”
“With the ongoing U.S. pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region, we cannot dismiss U.S. foreign towards our Pacific Island neighbors. As our nation refocuses on the region, I look forward to working closely with the Prime Minister and The Ulu in my capacity as Ranking Member. I pray for their continued leadership success in the Cooks Islands and Tokelau,” Faleomavaega concluded.
Photo Caption: Cong. Faleomavaega with Prime Minister Puna of the Cook Islands & Ulu o Tokelau Lui in Washington, D.C.