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US officials to meet with Pacific Forum leaders in Nauru

Senior US officials will travel to Nauru with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for the September 4 talks.

A Department of State spokesperson said they will discuss combating illegal fishing, responding to the threat of North Korea and promoting sustainable development.

In recent weeks Washington has announced funding totalling $US413 million into the Indo-Pacific region.

While the United States is not a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, it is one of several dialogue partners.


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USA continues refugee vetting on Nauru

More than one thousand refugees on Nauru are thought to be eligible.

RNZI reports last week protests erupted near the entrance of the centre where a bus was reportedly set on fire.

After four years of detention the refugees on the island are growing increasingly frustrated at delays with the US plan, more than 10 months after the deal was first announced by Canberra.


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US officials to vet Canberra's Nauru detainees

More than a thousand people sent to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru are being offered to resettle in the US under a deal announced by Australia three weeks ago.

Speaking at APEC in Peru, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said officials from US Homeland Security would be going to Nauru shortly.

He said US officials would determine the timeline of resettlement.

Last week, Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton said the UNHCR is front and centre to the arrangement while the UNHCR said it was not part of the bilateral arrangement.