PALM, Third Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM3) Chairs’ Summary

On January 17, Japan hosted the Third Ministerial Interim Meeting (MIM3) of the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) process at the Iikura Guest House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Tokyo.

H.E Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affair of Japan co-chaired the meeting with Hon. Lorin S. Robert, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia, as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Her Excellency Ms. Tania Tupou, Ambassador of Tonga to Japan as the Kingdom’s representative, participated the meeting together with leaders from other Pacific Islands Countries as well as the PIF Secretariat.

In the MIM3, Pacific Leaders gratefully accepted the announcement by Minister Kishida that the next PALM (PALM 8) will be held in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan from the 18 – 19 of May, 2018. Pacific Leaders highly expressed gratitude for Japan’s assistance through PALM and reaffirmed their determination to further strengthen the partnership, though dialogues and cooperation based on the PALM process.

At the end of the meeting, the Chair’s Summary of the MIM3 was adopted with emphasis to further contribute to the human resource development of the Pacific Island countries and all the commitments made at PALM 7; the continue cooperation to achieving Self-Sufficient and Sustainable Development in addressing challenges caused by Climate Change; Upholding Free and Open Maritime Oder; Cooperation in the International Fora, and the Vision towards PALM 8.

The Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is held every 3 years since 1997 to forge close cooperative relations between Japan and the Pacific islands countries, by discussing various regional and global issues in a candid manner. Since 2010, the Ministerial Interim Meeting has been held in the year between two Summit meetings.