Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

US-held Marshall Islands become a free republic

In a surprise move ending more than 13 years of negotiations, the Marshall Islands and the United States reached a historic agreement here to allow the Marshall Islands to become a free republic.

The ''compact of free association'' between the two nations calls for about $ 2 billion in US aid to be administered to the new nation over a 15-year period, with an optional 15-year extension. The Marshalls will continue to exist under the US defense umbrella.

About these ads

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.