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Historic US-Pacific summit begins

The first ever United States summit with the countries of the Pacific is underway in Washington D.C.

12 nations have sent their leaders, and two - Nauru and Vanuatu - have sent representatives, while New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands Forum are there as observers.

The meeting begins with the leaders being hosted at the State Department by Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.

At lunch the group will be hosted by the US's Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, to discuss the most pressing issue for Pacific countries.

Illegal fishing will be the key topic when they visit the Coast Guard.

On the second day, the leaders will meet various government agencies and business leaders to discuss how to improve economic and commercial links with the US.

In the afternoon, President Biden and the Pacific leaders will consider the strategic importance of the Pacific, climate change, pandemic response, economic recovery, and maritime security.

The leaders will then join President Biden at the White House for dinner.

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