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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Dec. 1) – A high-ranking official from the U.S. Department of State visited the Republic of Palau to familiarize himself with the country and meet with the local officials.

Glyn Davies, Deputy Assistant Secretary East Asian and Pacific Affairs met with reporters on Wednesday and said that he is impressed with Palau’s progress.

Davies met with President Remengesau and the lawmakers and was briefed on the plans and challenges of Palau.

He said the emphasis of the talk is to also look into the current Compact agreement of Palau with the U.S.

Palau’s Compact is up for review in 2009.

Davies added that the meeting did not go into details about the future relationship of U.S. with Palau.

It was Davies first time to visit Palau and prior to his visit here he was in Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Davies arrived in Palau on Tuesday and left Wednesday night back to the United States.

According to the website of the U.S. Department of State, Davies, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, previously served as Director of the State Department Operations Center, the U.S. Government's 24-hour Foreign Affairs Crisis Management Office, as Deputy Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Paris, and in the European Bureau's Office of European Security and Political Affairs, working primarily on NATO nuclear and disarmament issues. Mr. Davies served from 1986-87 as Special Assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz.

Mr. Davies spent his first five years in the Foreign Service at the American Consulate General in Melbourne, Australia (1980-82) and the American Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire (1982-84).

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