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The 10th bilateral maritime security cooperation talks between the Federated States of Micronesia and Australia took place in Palikir.
The talks, which are conducted annually between the two countries, are aimed at deepening their bilateral security relationship and provide an opportunity to exchange views on a range of shared security challenges affecting the region.
FSM Foreign Affairs Secretary Lorin S. Robert expressed his deep appreciation to Australia for its enduring commitment to supporting the federation’s maritime surveillance capacity.
He said Australia’s longstanding support to FSM’s police maritime wing continues to provide it with a credible and effective maritime surveillance capability that is helping protect critical fish stocks and combat transnational crime.
In Nov. 2009, Australia funded a multi-million dollar works package that will extend the life of Federated States Ship Micronesia to 2023.
The ship is expected to undergo a similar refurbishment program in 2011.
Australia’s Ambassador to FSM Susan Cox said “the Pacific patrol boat program continued to be the central pillar of the bilateral security relationship.”
She added, “The gifting of three Pacific-class patrol boats, to FSM in the 1990s and the enduring presence of three Royal Australian Navy advisers represented Australia’s commitment to the security of FSM
SOURCE: FSMIS/MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS
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