23 Feb 2019

Mike Pompeo praises Taiwan at Micronesia summit

6:14 am on 23 February 2019

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has commended Pacific Island allies of Taiwan.

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AFP

Mr Pompeo released a statement on Wednesday as officials were in Palau for the Micronesia Presidents Summit.

He said a number of Micronesian states and the US share a "commitment to democracy and open societies".

Mr Pompeo added that Taiwan is also a reliable partner and a force for good.

He said America respects and supports Taiwan's allies, which include Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Nauru.

In the statement, Mr Pompeo also called on Washington's "like-minded partners" to help Venezuela's people restore democracy and rule of law.

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