U.S. to open embassies in Tonga, other Pacific island countries – Official

Wed, May 3, 2023
By editor


THE U.S. would open an embassy in Tonga later this month, with more embassies expected to be established in other Pacific island countries including Kiribati and Vanuatu.

A senior State Department official made this known late Tuesday.

Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on the current administration’s fiscal year 2024 budget.

The budget requirement would be of help to Washington’s expanded diplomatic presence across the Indo-Pacific, including a new Embassy in the Solomon Islands and planning for new embassies in Kiribati, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

The administration’s FY 2024 budget request for the East Asian and Pacific region included a diplomatic engagement budget of 533 million U.S. dollars and a foreign assistance budget of 1.36 billion dollars.

This as well as two billion dollars to support the U.S. “Indo-Pacific Strategy’’, Kritenbrink told the senators.

The U.S. officially announced the opening of its embassy in the Solomon Islands on Feb. 2. (Xinhua/NAN)