His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and government dignitaries attended a special celebration of Australia Day last night at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner.

Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the keynote address at the event, where he reflected on the decades-long cooperation between both governments and acknowledged the mutual support at the regional and global levels.

“I have been reminded that this year will mark 40 years of  bilateral relations between our two countries,” said Tuilaepa.

“Our bilateral relations continue to grow particularly with the emergence of greater institution-institution and person-person linkages.

“Our new chancery in Canberra will open its doors in June and that we also look forward to the opening of the new Parliament building in the not too distant future.

“Furthermore we look forward to hosting the Pacific Leaders Forum from 4th – 8th September and that we hope Prime Minister Turnbull will be able to attend.

“We are also hopeful that the seasonal workers program will free up more opportunities for our workers.”

Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Her Excellency Sue Langford in her remarks said,

“On Australia Day’, the nation comes together to celebrate what is great about our country and our people.  It is a day to reflect on what we have achieved, what we can be proud of and how we can make Australia an even better place for the future.”

Her Excellency also reflected on a number of important joint projects by Samoa and Australia scheduled to be completed.

These projects include the Parliamentary building, Tui Samoa submarine internet cable, Leone bridge, Australian volunteers in Samoa, scholarships for Samoan students and the Australian Seasonal Workers Scheme.

“Over the past forty years, our relationship and our partnership has certainly intensified. As the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said during her visit to Samoa just last month: ‘you have in Australia a true friend and together Australia and Samoa will continue to ensure our people live in peace, stability, security and prosperity,” said Her Excellency.

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