By Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia
When U.S.S. Cleveland arrives July 3 for Pacific Partnership 2011, it will mark another chapter in demonstrating the enduring commitment of the United States to the people of the Federated States of Micronesia.
I am confident that the work over the next ten days of the more than 700 doctors, nurses, engineers, and veterinarians from the United States, along with partners from Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Spain who are participating in Pacific Partnership 2011, will leave an everlasting impact.
The Pacific Partnership team has already done great work in Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. Their successful medical, dental, and engineering efforts have made a strong contribution to many communities. On the Pacific Partnership website, you can see that these 700 experts have made thousands of men, women and children smile with their efforts.
I look forward to seeing this continue here in Micronesia, where Pacific Partnership will be conducting activities in all four states. All ten days of this mission are filled with great events – and all of them will contribute to the special relationship between the FSM and the United States.
On Pohnpei, I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to witness the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the reconstruction and repainting of various schools, clinics, and community centers. I also hope everyone will come out to cheer on their local soccer, softball, and basketball teams who will be playing the U.S. Navy in friendly matches. Or come listen to the U.S. Navy band, which will provide hours of fun and entertainment!
A big thank you to everyone in the Pacific Partnership mission as well to all the local partners who have contributed to making these events possible.
On behalf of the Government of the United States, I welcome Pacific Partnership 2011 to the Federated States of Micronesia!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Our next blog will be posted in a couple of days.
Ambassador Peter A. Prahar
Peter A. Prahar, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States, has been the United States Ambassador to Micronesia since 2009. Prior to this assignment, , he served as Director of the Office of Asian, African, and European Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Desk Officer for Rwanda, and overseas tours in the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Albania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mali. He also served with the OSCE in Kosovo and Vienna and with the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission in Kosovo. He and his wife, Amy Kit Ling Choi Prahar, were married when both were students at International Christian University in Tokyo. He is a native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Michigan.