Secretary Kempthorne welcomes Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President, Emanuel “Manny” Mori to the U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2008) – On his first personal trip to Washington, D.C. as FSM President, H.E. Emanuel Mori paid a courtesy call on Secretary Kempthorne. Both Secretary Kempthorne and President Mori were delighted to meet again. They met last year in June 2007, when Secretary Kempthorne visited President Mori in Palikir, Pohnpei, on his trip to the Pacific U.S. Insular Areas.
President Mori thanked Secretary Kempthorne for the United States’ continued support of the FSM and expressed his appreciation for the special relationship that exists between the two countries and his intent to strengthen that relationship during his administration.
The FSM is one of three independent countries that have a special relationship with the U.S. through the Compacts of Free Association. The other countries are the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Palau (ROP). Together, these three countries are often referred to as the Freely Associated States (FAS). Under the Compacts, citizens of the FAS can travel freely to live and work in the U.S. without a visa and can enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The FAS also receive financial assistance under the Compacts. The Secretary of the Interior, through the Office of Insular Affairs, is the administrator of the financial assistance to the FSM. In return for the benefits FSM citizens enjoy under the compact, the U.S. has defense rights in the FSM. The freely associated states are formerly part of the U.N. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under U.S. administration.