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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EU’s new Ambassador to Samoa, Head of Pacific Delegation

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, received the Ambassador of the European Union to Samoa, Julian Wilson, yesterday. Mr. Wilson presented his credentials to his Highness Tuimaleali’ifano at his Moto’otua office on November 6th. Mr. Wilson was accompanied by his spouse, Claudine Elysée, and the Head of Cooperation, Christoph Wagner. Mr. Wilson said the European Union (E.U.) and Samoa have a long standing tradition of co-operation and partnership dating back to the mid-1970's. “The E.U.'s ambition is to further consolidate its role as a committed, reliable and predictable partner for the Pacific negotiations on the new partnership between the E.U. and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries beyond 2020,” he said. “Samoa is a key partner of the E.U. in the Pacific and plays an important role in consolidating the alliance between the E.U. and Pacific island countries. For example, a crucial area of this strategic cooperation is climate change." “All eyes are now directed towards Bonn and we are working together towards a successful outcome at the ongoing C.O.P. 23 meeting under Fiji's presidency.” Strategic relations include also other issues such as global (in particular maritime) security and strengthening common values on environment, democracy and human rights. “Samoa's intention to accede to the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (E.P.A.) with the E.U. is very welcome,” said Mr. Wilson. “The E.U. invited Samoa as an observer to the E.P.A. Trade Committee in October and looks forward to deepening the work on technical issues, but also on how to upgrade Samoa's capacity and competitiveness."

Source: www.sobserver.ws