US Embassy celebrates 25 years in Samoa

Prime Minister Tuilaepa, U.S. Ambassador David Huebner, US Navy PACOM representative Colonel Bryan Suntheimer, Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama

Prime Minister Tuilaepa, U.S. Ambassador David Huebner, US Navy PACOM representative Colonel Bryan Suntheimer, Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama

APIA: MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2013: The US Embassy celebrated 25 years since its establishment in Samoa November 21 during a reception at the Mission’s official residence in Vailima.

The event highlighted the strong diplomatic relations between the United States and Samoa which date back to 1856 and were formalized by the accreditation of Ambassadors in 1971.

US Ambassador David Huebner thanked the Samoan Government for maintaining strong ties with the US over the years.

“I would like to recognize the warm relations between our countries, based in part on our shared values,” he said.

“We have accomplished so much working together through the Peace Corps volunteers, Pacific Partnership, USAID, Pacific Command, our churches, businesses and NGOs. The People and the Government of the United States look forward to working with our friends in Samoa during the next 25 years and far beyond.”

The reception was also a celebration of the two countries’ legacy of friendship and assistance which dates back into the 19th century.

The Peace Corps program has also been in Samoa since 1967 and future Samoan leaders were offered USAID sponsored scholarships since the late 1960s.

US Government has since the 1900s invested heavily in Samoa through grants focusing on various issues including educational development, climate change projects, health initiatives and more.

The outgoing Ambassador Huebner commended the Va’ai and Tofilau governments of the 1980s for their vision and foresight that led to the establishment of the Embassy.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi acknowledged the US assistance to Samoa over the years starting with the US Peace Corp Volunteers, the USAID Programme and up to the opening last week of the US funded hospital opposite the Faleolo International Airport.

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