Gov. Ralph DLG Torres left for Palau last Sunday to attend the island nation’s 24th Independence Day celebration and to meet with President Tommy Remengasau.
The Republic of Palau was established on Oct. 1, 1994, the same day when the Compact of Free Association with the United States took effect, making them an independent nation.
Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog is the acting governor until Thursday, when Torres is expected to return.
Torres, while in Palau, will also talk with Remengasau about environmentally sustainable development.
Last week, Palau Sens. Regis Akitaya and Elias Camsek Chin visited Saipan and met with Torres and other CNMI local officials like Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter.
Akitaya and Chin met with Torres to talk about regional issues and explore how to implement the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program in Palau. Both are members of the current 10th Olbiil era Kelialau or the Palau National Congress.