News Release

FSM Information Services Palikir, Pohnpei

January 31, 2012

Another historic page in the special relationship between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America was turned on 18 January 2012 at approximately 1530 HRS (US EST), when Asterio R Takesy presented his credentials to President Barak Obama as the FSM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America.

"From one Pacific islander to another," Ambassador Takesy expressed his heartfelt appreciation to President Obama for accepting his credentials, "this is certainly a rare honor and distinct privilege for which my wife Justina and our entire family join me in expressing my most heartfelt personal gratitude."

In conveying President Mori’s best wishes for President Obama’s continued good health and success, as well as special greetings from the people and leaders of the Federated States of Micronesia upon the commencement of the new year, Ambassador Takesy suggested that the presentation of credentials be seen as more than just a ceremonial exercise but a concrete "testimony to the special friendship and historic links between our peoples that are enshrined in the Compact of Free Association treaty between our two countries."

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