On May 22, Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in the signing ceremony of the U.S.-Palau 2023 Agreement following the Compact of Free Association Section 432 Review marking the successful conclusion of Compact-related negotiations with the Republic of Palau regarding the extension of economic assistance.
The United States has a special and historic relationship with the Republic of Palau and intends to continue Compact-related assistance at significant levels that recognize our special relationship, support economic development, bolster resiliency to tackle challenges such as climate change, and assist in building a prosperous, healthy, and more self-sustaining future.
This agreement marks a major milestone in U.S.-Palau relations, which is underpinned by the Compact of Free Association, and continues to support freedom, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. The United States is a Pacific nation, and we have a deep and longstanding partnership with the Republic of Palau and strong people-to-people ties to Pacific Island countries, who are not only our neighbors but also our friends.
Congressional approval is necessary before the agreement can be brought into force, and we are engaged with Congress on this. Additional negotiations are underway to continue federal programs and services that are currently provided under a Federal Programs and Services Agreement.