The Republic of Turkey has a new Ambassador in Samoa.
Ambassador Ahmet Ergin presented his credentials and was welcomed by the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, yesterday.
Mr. Eregin met the Head of State at his Moto’otua office.
Turkey might be on the other side of the world but two countries have a strong working relationship.
“Regardless of the geographical distance and relative rarity of contact between our people, our hearts and minds share with our Samoan brothers and sisters the fierce spirit of Independence,” he said.
He went on to say that Turks always considered the Pacific as a welcoming place with friendly people and a fascinating culture.
“I am happy to say that this impression has been reinforced in me since my visit earlier last September within the Framework of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum,” he said.
Turkey, he added, wants to increase its engagement with Samoa.
“Turkey’s opening up to the Pacific region,” he said. “In this sense, it’s a testament to the importance we attach to establishing communications directly and working jointly with the people of the region.”
In response, His Highness Tuimalealiifano accepted the Letter of Credence from the President of the Republic of Turkey.
“We have worked collaboratively to promote issues of mutual concern particularly at the United Nations,” said His Highness Tuimalealiifano.
“Samoa and Turkey also share a common interest in addressing challenges in the areas of sustainable development, human rights, poverty, terrorism, transnational crime and climate change.
“The success of the 48th Pacific Island Forum was due in part to the continuous support and close collaboration Samoa and the region enjoys with its partners.
“The meeting highlighted some of the key priorities for Samoa and the region such as the Ocean and its resources, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals implementation and regional security issues.
“As a Pacific Island Forum dialogue Partner, I am pleased to hear of the importance Turkey places in working closely with Samoa and the Pacific region and look forward to the strengthened collaboration to pursue areas of mutual interest.”