This was Ambassador Huebner’s first official visit to Samoa. Ambassador Huebner presented his credentials to the Head of State, his Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. While in Samoa, Ambassador Huebner also met with Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, key government officials, diplomatic corps, private sector and educational institutions.
Photo from US Embassy New Zealand
Ambassador Roemer visited the Sulabh International Center in New Delhi on January 15, 2010. Dedicated to promoting human dignity and hygienic sanitation practices, the Sulabh Center has developed practical waste management technologies and offers educational programs for former members of the “scavenger” community.
Photo from US Embassy New Delhi
In a significant outreach to the Muslim Community, Ambassador McGann was a chief guest and delivered a keynote address to about 3000 Muslims in Fiji, at the Fiji Muslim League’s National Celebration to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammed.
Photo from US Embassy Fiji/Facebook
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry visits the Kunar Construction Center (KCC) in Afghanistan. I don’t think this photo was dated. Doesn’t that lei look kinda ticklish?
Photo from US Embassy Kabul
Colombo, November 9, 2009: The U.S. Ambassador, Patricia A. Butenis, officially opened a new ice cream plant in Batticaloa District as part of a dairy revitalization project that will increase the incomes of 4,000 dairy farmers and create new jobs in the former conflict-affected area.
Photo from US Embassy Sri Lanka
That folks is part of the realities of diplomatic life, especially in countries where they loved leis. Whether you dig those leis or not, you got to wear them and look happy in them. For some reasons none of the European countries seem to appreciate the garlands around your neck practice. At least, we have not been able to find proof of it. I do wonder if this practice is confined to places in Asia and the South Pacific? Why is it important? It’s not. Really. It won’t be a deciding factor when you submit your bidlist.