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FSM president to re-appoint Benavente as honorary consul

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Jan. 15, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, received Diego T. Benavente, honorary consul of the FSM to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

From left, Kandhi Elieisar, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs; Diego T. Benavente, honorary consul of the FSM to the CNMI; David W. Panuelo, president of the FSM; and Lorin S. Robert, special assistant to the FSM president on foreign & political affairs.  FSM Information Services photo

Benavente was in Pohnpei to attend the inauguration of the state leadership, among other matters. The primary outcomes of the meeting were the FSM president’s request that Benavente dedicate appropriate time and resources to liaising between the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, the government of the CNMI, et al. with regards to the proposed exportation of FSM agricultural goods to Saipan and other islands, and the president’s announcement that he’d reappoint Benavente for the duration of Panuelo’s administration.

“We have an opportunity to thank you again,” President Panuelo began. “Thank you [Honorary Consul Benavente] for your service and friendship to the [FSM]…I will be issuing a letter reaffirming your appointment as our honorary consul.” The president noted his appreciation for Honorary Consul Benavente’s reliable collaboration with Teresa Filepin, consul general of the FSM to Guam, and for his dedication towards supporting FSM citizens who reside in the CNMI.

The conversation then moved to the FSM president’s meeting on Jan. 13, 2020 with CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres. Panuelo and Torres had discussed the possibility of the FSM exporting produce to the CNMI, such as taro, bananas, and yams. “I really want to pursue that,” President Panuelo said, requesting Honorary Consul Benavente’s assistance, where appropriate and possible, to help push the initiative.

After discussing various subjects of mutual interest, the meeting ended on a positive note with President Panuelo advising that he and Vice President Yosiwo George look forward to meeting the FSM community in the CNMI at some point in the administration.

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