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KOROR (PALAU), JANUARY 20, 2017: After taking oath as President of the Republic of Palau for a fourth term, His Excellency, Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr., told Shri Y S Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Science and Technology, & Ministry of Earth Sciences, that his small Pacific Island nation and government had decided to fully support India’s push for reforms to the United Nations and would vote in favour of a permanent membership to US Security Council.

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Shri Y S Chowdary was participating in the oath taking ceremony of H.E. Remengesau, Jr., as the President on Thursday, and was the first to congratulate him on behalf of the people and the Government of India.

In his statement, Mr Chowdary said, “I had the honour of meeting and witnessing the oath taking ceremony of His Excellency, Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr., Hon’ble President of the Republic of Palau.”

Mr Chowdary also had business meetings and friendly exchanges with various Ministers of the Republic of Palau, including Mr Billy Kuartei, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elubuchel Sadang, Minister of Finance, and Mr. Charles I Obichang, Minister for Public Infra.

Mr Y S Chowdary also had warm interactions with His Excellency Mr. Peter M Christian, Hon’ble President of the Federated State of Micronesia.

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Speaking about his twin Presidential interactions, Mr Chowdary said “I thanked the Presidents of both countries for supporting reforms to the UN Security Council and supporting India’s candidature to the Permanent Membership. I also sought their support for India’s bid for the UNSC non-permanent seat opening up for 2021-22”.

The Union Minister also discussed India’s concerns and asked for their strong support in the fight against terrorism and for a Comprehensive Global Convention on International Terrorism. Among other things, Mr Chowdary sought their support for the Draft Framework Agreement on International Solar Alliance.