Ambassador Carmen G. Cantor receives traditional title

Embassy of the

United States of America Kolonia

Ambassador Cantor made her first traditional leader courtesy call to His Majesty Kerpert Hebel Wasa Lapalap Isipahu, Nahnmarki of Madolenihmw (King of Madolenihmw, Pohnpei) and Her Majesty Rihna Hebel, Likend of Madolenihmw. The Nahnmarki gave Ambassador Cantor the traditional title of Nahnei En Isipahu Madolenihmw. This is the first traditional title any U.S. Ambassador has received from Madolenihmw municipality. During the visit, Ambassador Cantor announced that the U.S. Government, through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) awarded a $200,000 grant to the Cultural Site for Research Management, in partnership with FSM Historic Preservation. The funding will assist in the preservation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nan Madol, and develop a plan for the Nan Madol Visitor Center scheduled to open in 2021. The Nan Madol Visitor Center is currently under construction with funding primarily from the Embassy of Japan; the U.S. funding will complement the efforts of the Japanese government. Ambassador Cantor is scheduled to meet with other traditional leaders in the future.

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