United States to open embassies in Tonga, Pacific Island nations

WASHINGTON, May 3 (Xinhua) — A senior US State Department official said on Tuesday. Reveal plans to open a US embassy in Tonga by May And more embassies are expected to be established in other Pacific island nations such as Kiribati and Vanuatu.

Daniel Krittenbrink Assistant Secretary of the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Addresses a subcommittee of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It awaits consideration of the current administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2024. such expenses would help the United States Expand diplomatic presence across the Indo-Pacific This includes a new embassy in Islands Solomon. It also supports the planning of new embassies in Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Krittenbrink informed those senators Budget requests for the East Asia and Pacific region It includes a budget of US$533 million for diplomatic communications, US$1.36 billion for international aid and support. $2 billion in the US “Indo-Pacific Strategy”.

The United States officially opened its embassy in the Solomon Islands on February 2.

(Xinhua file photo: People take a tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC the US capital, February 23, 2023)

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