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Congressman Faleomavaega Congratulates Independent State of Samoa on 52 years of Independence

May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, D-American Samoa, issued the following news release:

Congressman Faleomavaega today congratulated the Independent State of Samoa on their 52nd Anniversary of Independence. The Independent State of Samoa gained its independence as a former United Nations trust territory on June 1, 1962 when New Zealand command over Samoa ceased.

"I want to offer my personal congratulations to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese on the upcoming 52nd anniversary of their independence from New Zealand. I especially want to congratulate the people of Samoa and recognize their forefathers for their courage and leadership during their struggle for independence since the late 1800s," Faleomavaega said.

"Since 1962, Samoa has become a leader in the Pacific and continues to play an important role within the Asia and Pacific region. As a member of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and recently the World Trade Organization, Samoa is moving forward to becoming a strong developing country in the Pacific. Samoa has played a vital role in the Pacific through their participation in the Pacific Forum and other regional organizations. Notably this year, Samoa will be hosting the Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States this coming September."

"The U.S. and Samoa have a strong partnership. The U.S. established official diplomatic relations with Samoa in 1971 but historically has had a U.S. Consul in Apia since 1856. As a partner, the U.S. has provided assistance through Peace Corps, USAID, and foreign assistance for capacity building. Either through mutual cooperation on fisheries and environment security to economic and sustainable development, U.S.-Samoa relations will continue to play a critical role in the Pacific."

"I would be remiss not to acknowledge the thousands of Samoans who live in many parts of the U.S. and have many family ties to both Samoas. Their contributions are noticeable not only by the many celebrities and sports athletes but also the church and community leaders who have active roles within their communities. The Samoan communities in the U.S. were instrumental in assisting and contributing aid to both Samoas in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in 2009," Faleomavaega continued.

"Although separated by the vast ocean, both the Independent State of Samoa and American Samoa share the same culture and language. I appreciate the efforts by the leaders on both sides to strengthen bilateral relations through trade and exchange of resources and information. I know that both Samoas will benefit from helping one another."

"Because Samoa is a vibrant and small democracy, I know this country will continue to make a difference as a leader in the Pacific for years to come.

Again, I congratulate Prime Minister Tuilaepa, his highness Tui Atua Tamasese and all the people of Samoa on their celebration of 52 years of independence," Faleomavaega concluded.

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