Visiting Tonga, deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman mentioned the leaders could be invited to Washington for a gathering and dinner late within the month.
“This assembly can be a historic alternative with the US and Pacific islands nations to listen to and pay attention, the Pacific manner,” Sherman mentioned.
The transfer comes amid a flurry of US shuttle diplomacy seeking to bolster alliances within the Pacific towards a extra assertive Beijing.
Washington has introduced it’ll open a sequence of recent diplomatic missions within the area, and has been extra vocal and visual in latest months.
Secretary of state Antony Blinken has visited and Vice President Kamala Harris not too long ago made a landmark handle to the Pacific Islands Discussion board.
On Saturday, Sherman will attend a sequence of occasions within the neighbouring Solomon Islands, which is marking the eightieth anniversary of World Warfare II’s Battle of Guadalcanal.
The Solomon Islands are on the centre of a renewed South Pacific rivalry between Beijing and Washington.
China signed an undisclosed safety pact with the island nation in April, alarming Western allies.
The deal, which critics worry might result in China gaining a navy foothold within the South Pacific, is probably going excessive on the agenda for the US go to.
A sequence of selections by Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare that seem to echo China’s authoritarian model of governance may additionally be up for dialogue.
Sogavare has moved to censor the general public broadcaster, threatened different media and repeatedly floated delaying deliberate elections.
Throughout the Tonga go to, Sherman highlighted the potential native affect of China’s latest determination to droop local weather talks with the US, sparked by the go to of prime Congressional Democrat Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
“For Tonga local weather change is existential, and we perceive that. And it is simply terribly disappointing that the world’s largest emitter proper now, and a rustic who have to be engaged for us to succeed in 1.5 levels celsius, has now withdrawn from that dialogue,” Sherman mentioned.
Beneath the phrases of the Paris local weather deal of 2015, nations are in search of to restrict international temperature will increase to 1.5 levels celsius.
Rising sea ranges are the highest challenge throughout a area the place many nations sit just a few toes above sea stage and are already feeling the affect of local weather change.