President of Palau visits Baha'i World Centre
President Johnson Toribiong with his wife, Valeria Toribiong, were welcomed by a member of the Universal House of Justice, Stephen Hall, and his wife, Dicy Hall, on 25 November 2011. Also in the receiving party was a member of the International Teaching Centre, Zenaida Ramirez.
Palau is one of the world's youngest sovereign states, located in the Pacific Ocean, 800 kilometers east of the Philippines. President Toribiong himself requested the visit to the Bahá’í World Centre while on a state visit to Israel.
At a reception held in the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, Mr. Hall presented the president with the book, Bahá’í Shrine and Gardens in Haifa and Acre. A laser-etched crystal memento of the Shrine of the Báb was also presented to Mrs. Toribiong.
"The president — who is an attorney by profession — expressed his appreciation of the Bahá’í teachings on justice," said Kern Wisman, representative of the Bahá’í International Community, who was a member of the welcoming party.
After speeches, the delegation — which also included Palau's Justice Minister, John Gibbons, and guests from the municipality of Haifa — visited the Shrine of the Báb and its surrounding terraced gardens, which particularly interested Mrs. Toribiong who, in her role as first lady, has done much to promote the beautification of her country.