APIA: FRIDAY 31 MAY 2013: Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Samoa, David Huebner met with His Highness the Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and delivered a letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama on the occasion of Samoa’s celebration of 51 years of independence. The text of the letter is as follows:
On behalf of the American people, it is with great pleasure that I congratulate you and all Samoans as you celebrate your nation’s Independence Day on June 1.
Samoa and the United States have long shared a warm relationship and work together closely on many areas of common interest. Our friendship is founded on a mutual commitment to freedom, peace, democratic ideals, the rule of law, and cooperation on issues such as climate change, health, and conservation of ocean resources.
We were pleased to be able to assist Samoa’s recovery in the wake of Cyclone Evan in December 2012 as one example of our collaboration. We hope to maintain and strengthen this longstanding relationship between our countries and in the Pacific region in the future.
Please accept my best wishes on this important anniversary of your Independence Day.