Biden recognized the sovereignty of two states

US President Joe Biden announced his decision to recognize the sovereignty of the Pacific nations of the Cook Islands and Niue.

Biden recalled during the U.S.-Pacific Islands summit in Washington on Thursday that Washington’s partnership with these countries and territories contributed to the victory over Japan during World War II and the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific region.

He pointed out that “much of history will be written in the coming years in the Indo-Pacific.”

In announcing recognition of the Cook Islands and Niue as sovereign states, Biden also confirmed that he is seeking a successful conclusion to negotiations on a free union with Washington’s partners in the region, namely the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

Biden stressed that the United States looks forward to working with countries in the region to combat climate change, noting that this poses a threat to the existence of these countries.

The Cook Islands and Niue are two self-governing island nations in free union with New Zealand, located in the Polynesia region of the South Pacific.

The Cook Islands are named after the British explorer James Cook, who became the first European to reach many of the islands in this part of the world in the 18th century. It has an area of ​​237 square kilometers and a population of over 17,000 as of 2016.

Niue is located in the west of the Cook Islands and northeast of New Zealand, has an area of ​​261 sq. km and a population of about two thousand people, according to estimates for 2021.

Source: TASS

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