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Brigadier General McLeod. Photo credit. V.Post
United States Pacific Command Brigadier General, Mark McLeod, has lauded Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Edward Natapei, and the Vanuatu Police and Mobile Force for successfully co-hosting the Pacific Area Senior Officer Logistics Seminar at the Le Lagon Pacific Conference Hall this week.

The Brigadier General said hosting of PASOLS is not assigned to members but that when the request went out for a co-host to partner with US Pacific Command to hold the 42nd PASOLS, Vanuatu graciously volunteered, and did a tremendous job.

He said the warmth of the people of Vanuatu and the cultural vibrancy has been a true pleasure to experience.

“U.S. Pacific Command truly appreciates Vanuatu’s commitment and professionalism, highlighted by the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister, as he opened the seminar. The event has been a real success thanks to our hosts here,” he said.

He said the US values its relationship with Vanuatu and regards it as a regional partner.
Asked if the US sees China as a threat to its presence in the Pacific, he replied that on the contrary, having both countries in the Region and attending the Seminar reflect a common stand by both of them to enhance combined efforts to respond to challenges in the Pacific.
PASOLS has grown from a membership of nine countries to the current 26 member nations and 12 observers. The member nations attending this year’s Seminar include: Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Vanuatu.

Observer nations/organisations include: Cambodia, Comoros, Laos, Mauritius, Nepal, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, United Nations and Red Cross.
The Seminar closed yesterday.

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