Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Diplomatic Update on Ambassador Taylor: Gives Key Interview with National TV Network in Preparation for Secretary of State Visit

Gamma Pi Immediate Past Basileus and U.S. Ambassador Brother Teddy Taylor gave a major interview to Papua New Guinea's national commercial television network, EM TV, over the weekend in preparation for the upcoming visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to his country post this week.

Brother Ambassador Taylor and his staff at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby will be receiving the Secretary on January 14 (they are a day ahead of the U.S. East Coast) as she makes an official visit to the island nation to meet with its leaders before heading to New Zealand and Australia for additional meetings. This will be her fourth trip to that region since her appointment. According to various media reports, the trip is part of a mission to strengthen cooperation among the U.S. and South Pacific nations. Brother Ambassador Taylor is the chief U.S. representative in three South Pacific nations -- Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

In the TV news interview, Brother Taylor discusses the Secretary's interest in expanding the role of women in government there. Gamma Pi has obtained digital video of Brother Taylor's network interview from EM TV's broadcast site. The interview, in its entirety, is posted below.

Gamma Pi's communications team will continue to monitor updates of Secretary Clinton's visit to Papua New Guinea and Brother Ambassador Taylor's role and pass along information to Gamma Pi and the Fraternity. You can share this individual blog post by selecting the envelope icon and entering a recipient e-mail address. Feel free to distribute this throughout the Fraternity.

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