New FSM Ambassador to the United States of
Press Release #1701-01
FSM Information Services
January 10, 2017
– A brief ceremony was held on January 9th at the President’s
Office in Palikir for the swearing in of Ambassador-designate Akillino
H. Susaia as the next Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Ambassador to
the United States of America.
Ambassador-designate Susaia was nominated by President Christian
and confirmed by the 19th FSM Congress to serve as Ambassador
to the United States. He succeeds former Ambassador Asterio Takesy. Mr.
Susaia will serve as the 4th FSM Ambassador to the United
States since FSM became a sovereign independent Nation.
In his remark at the swearing in ceremony,
Ambassador-designate Susaia expressed his heartfelt gratitude to
President Christian for the confidence placed in him to serve as
Ambassador to the United States.
He also expressed gratitude to the members of the 19th
FSM Congress for their approval of his nomination.
He pledged to do his best in upholding and performing the duties
of FSM Ambassador to the United States of America.
Christian congratulated Ambassador-designate Susaia on his new
assignment. He then seized
the opportunity and reaffirmed the steadfast commitment of the FSM
Government’s special relationship with the United States referencing the
political, economic, humanitarian, security and defense ties that bond
the FSM and the United States under the Compact of Free Association. In
gesture, President Christian recognized and offered the United States
Ambassador to the FSM HE Robert Riley who was present at the ceremony an
opportunity to speak. He spoke briefly and said that he is delighted
that there is a new FSM Ambassador to the United States because the post
has been vacant for quite some time. He also said he will do his best to
assist in the processing of the documents required
before Ambassador-designate Susaia takes up his post in Washington D.C.
Ambassador-designate Susaia had served as Secretary of the
Department of Transportation Communication & Infrastructure and the
Department of Economic Affairs now Resources and Development in the FSM
National Government after many years working in the Pohnpei State
Government. He has also
served overseas in different diplomatic posts including Consul General
in the State of Hawaii and Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
Present at the Ceremony were some members of President’s
Cabinet, senior staff of the various national government offices and
agencies, Mrs. Mihpel Olter Susaia and some family members, and staff of
the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. and Mrs. Susaia have 4 children and 9 grand kids.
more information, please call the Department of Foreign Affairs at (691)