Samoa and Hungary make history in diplomacy

His Highness the Head of State meets the Hungarian Ambassador

His Highness the Head of State meets the Hungarian Ambassador Anna Siko

BY Alan Ah Mu

APIA: THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2013: Samoa established diplomatic relations with Hungary two years ago.

But this morning was the first time an Ambassador from Hungary has presented letters of credence to Samoa.

“This is indeed a historical moment between our two countries,” Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi said in a welcome of Ambassador Anna Siko.

The two countries as members of the United Nations share a commitment to world peace and security and promotion of democracy and human rights, His Highness said.

“The rule of law, climate change and the environment, the sustainable use and effective management of our marine resources, regional security and transnational crime, renewable energy, as well as tourism, remain topical issues for small island countries like Samoa,” he said.

Samoa looks forward to working with Hungary to find ways to address these challenges through dialogue, collaboration and mutual respect, he said.

The two countries have cooperated closely within SCP-EU to which Hungary contributes generously to help Samoa’s development objectives and aspirations.

“We are indeed grateful for this assistance and I would ask that you convey our appreciation to the Government and people of Hungary for such generosity.”

Budapest-born and educated Ambassador Siko holds a master’s degree with honours.

Appointed as Hungary’s Ambassador to Australia, she is also accredited to New Zealand.

Married to Robert Summerfield they have three children.