French President meets Salwai
By Glenda Willie

The  president of France's visit to  New Caledonia and the high level dialogue held at the Pacific Community (CSP) from May 9th to 11th , provided opportunities for a global meeting between all the member states of the Community.

As a result, the issues linked to the Pacific have been raised and discussed in detail.

The environmental challenges have been a major topic as the issue is so serious in a region of the world where climate change consequences are already visible. The economical and geopolitical topics and issues happening in the Indo- Pacific area have been debated as well.

Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, was able to discuss with President Emmanuel Macron and with the Minister of Europe and Foreign affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

These discussions have highlighted the good quality of the bilateral relations between Vanuatu and France. This also emphasizes how strong the neighbor links between Vanuatu and New Caledonia are.

The international cooperation opportunities are also very promising for Vanuatu with the increasing presence of the French Agency for Development in the Pacific region.

It was during this meeting that France announced it will contribute to international relief efforts to support Vanuatu in the operation to relocate families on Ambae.

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