On April 5, 2016, President Peter M. Christian received Ambassador Paul Maddison of Canada in a Presentation of Credential (POC) ceremony held in his conference room at the Capital in Palikir, Pohnpei. The brief official ceremony accredited the Ambassador as the new Canadian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia based in Canberra, Australia. Attending the ceremony were Vice-President Yosiwo George, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Samson Pretrick, and other staff from the Office of the President and Department of Foreign Affairs.
Following the ceremony, Ambassador Maddison paid a courtesy call on President Christian during which some issues of interests were discussed such as airline service, climate change, fisheries, and scholarship opportunities, to name a few. There was also a discussion with respect to Canada’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2020. President Christian thanked the Ambassador for the visit and congratulated him as the new Ambassador of Canada to the FSM.