13 Mar 2013

Indonesian Ambassador to US receives chiefly title in American Samoa

11:40 am on 13 March 2013

The Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Dr. Dino Patti Djalal described being bestowed an honorary title during his visit to American Samoa last week, as a huge honour.

Dr Djalal was on island to follow up on meetings that began under the Togiola-Faoa administration.

Along with Lt Governor Lemanu Sialega Mauga, the ambassador checked out possible locations to build a youth center and basketball court, a gift from the Indonesian government.

Dr. Djalal says receiving the honorary chiefly title Folaugamaali'i, was humbling.

"I'm the son of a poor farmer family and to be given such a title is a tremendous honour and I brought a rock from your land that I have kept in my bag and I promise that I will keep that rock wherever I go as a diplomat to remind me of the people of Samoa."