President Biden recognises Niue’s sovereignty and independence as the two nations formalise diplomatic relations

Premier Dalton Tagelagi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the signing of the communique in Washington. Pic source: US State Department

Today in Washington DC, the Governments of Niue and the United States of America officially established diplomatic relations, marking a significant milestone in Niue’s international engagement during the 2nd U.S.- Pacific Islands Forum Summit. 

Premier Dalton Tagelagi and the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken signed a joint communique stating that both countries are committed to cooperating with each on various areas of mutual interest, including climate change, ocean stewardship, renewable energy, education, culture, maritime safety, sustainable development, and resilient economies. 

Earlier, the White House released the statement by President Biden on the recognition of Niue and the establishment of diplomatic relations saying “Today, I am proud to announce that the United States recognizes Niue as a sovereign and independent state and will establish diplomatic relations between our two nations.

President Biden said “Niue plays a critical and constructive role in the Pacific, including supporting the region’s sustainable development, security, and marine protection and ocean conservation. Today’s announcement will enable us to deepen our cooperation with Niue on these challenges and more—from tackling the climate crisis, to protecting maritime borders and marine resources, to building sustainable economic growth, to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

In his press release Premier Dalton Tagelagi said, “The establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States of America is significant. We are hopeful that this official step in our partnership, will provide great opportunities. This achievement is reflective of our nation growth as a country, noting that next year we look to celebrating 50 years of Self Government.”

President Biden said from the first day of his presidency he was committed to engaging with partners in the Pacific “Since day one of my Administration, I have been committed to being an active and engaged partner in the Pacific. Last year, I launched our first-ever national strategy dedicated to the Pacific Islands. I appointed the first US Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum. We held the first US-Pacific Islands Summit. And today we are meeting with the full Pacific Islands Forum at the White House for the first time. Today’s recognition of Niue—and the establishment of diplomatic relations—will not only further strengthen our bonds in the region, it will help forge the shared future we seek—one of greater security, prosperity, and dignity for all.”

The USA is the 25th country to formalise diplomatic relations with Niue.

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