Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Navy Admiral Keating visited FSM

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Service): April 15, 2008 - Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating, head of the United States Pacific Command visited Federated States of Micronesia on April 8, 2008.

In a joint press statement President Mori told Admiral Keating that there is "very strong, very unique, very friendly relationship" between the two countries. This relationship enables the Micronesian people to sleep comfortably at night, recognizing the peace and security this relationship provides.

Keating, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, expresses on the same sentiment the close, longstanding security ties the United States and Federated States of Micronesia share.

Admiral Keating told President Mori that the strength of the two countries friendship is important to Pacific Command "it is the sort of relationship which woven together, form a very, very tight fabric of peace and stability all throughout the vast part of the world for which we are responsible."

He also noted the upcoming USNS Mercy hospital ship visit to Micronesia as part of Pacific Partnership 2008. Hundreds of medical and dental professionals, some in the military and some civilian volunteers, will provide medical care for those either too far away from the care they need or unable to afford it.

Keating concluded by reassuring President Mori that Micronesia can depend on its longstanding friendship with United States "should you need help," regardless of the size, regardless of the time, regardless of the technical nature, if the United States Pacific Command can, we will."

We will be here as soon as asked for the assistance, whether it's day or night, humanitarian assistance or something requiring even higher military capability, he said. "It will be our distinct privilege to provide that service when we can." Commander Keating concluded.

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