|from left: FSM Ambassador Chigiyal, FSM President Mori, Palau President Remengesau, RMI President Loeak|
23 September 2013 New York City – At a luncheon event today, President Manny Mori welcomed President Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and President Tommy Remengasau of the Republic of Palau to the new offices of the FSM Mission to the United Nations. The three Presidents and a number of ministers, including FSM Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, are currently in New York to attend the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Each year, the second week of the session, which is known as the General Debate, is filled with many high level thematic meetings. This year these include high level forums on Disability, Development and progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Throughout the week, almost all of the world’s Heads of State and Government will also deliver speeches to the General Assembly.
For a change of pace from formal meetings, the lunchtime gathering was meant to be a relaxing event for the guests to meet and enjoy each other’s company. A group of Micronesians performed a well-known Chuukese song about coming together with family and friends, with accompaniment on the ukulele.
Also in attendance at the lunch from FSM were First Lady Emma Mori, Ambassador to the United Nations Jane Chigiyal and Ambassador to the United States Asterio Takesy, along with his wife Justina, as well as Deputy Permanent Representative Jeem Lippwe and Deputy Chief of Mission James Naich. Notable guests included RMI Minister-in-Assistance Tony de Brum, RMI Foreign Minister Philip Muller, Palauan Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang, RMI Ambassador to the UN Amatlian Kabua, Palauan Ambassador to the UN Caleb Otto, Palaun Ambassador to the United States Hersey Kyota, and RMI Ambassador to the United States Charles Paul.
Father Bruce M. Roby, a Micronesian priest in the US, said grace and prayed over the gathering.