H.E. Mrs Martha Mavrommati arrived in Apia on Wednesday 6th of March 2019 to present her Letters of Credence to the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.
The credentials ceremony took place this morning at the Office of the Head of State in Vailele.
Her Excellency Martha Mavrommati, High Commissioner of Cyprus to Samoa conveyed the good wishes of the President of Cyprus, Hon. Nicos Anastasiades to the Head of State of Samoa.
The High Commissioner continued to emphasize the importance of the values that Cyprus shares with Samoa, “such as freedom, peace, justice and respect for human rights, on which our bilateral and multilateral cooperation have been established upon”. She also extended her best wishes to Samoa for hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games.
His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, Head of State of Samoa welcomed the High Commissioner in his remarks, “I am pleased to accept the Letter of Credence by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr Nicos Anastasiades [and] I also extend my sincere thanks for presenting the Letter of Recall for your predecessor”. His Highness also conveyed his best wishes for the good health of the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
His Highness agreed that the two Governments should continue to “further strengthening our cooperation in the international fora, based on our shared values such as freedom, peace, justice and respect for human rights”. He concluded by thanking H.E. Mavrommati “for the kind wishes for a successful 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa [and] I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your visit in Samoa and Samoan hospitality”.
Samoa and Cyprus have more than 15 years of diplomatic relations and have continued to work closely through our engagement with the European Union, and in areas of common interest particularly through our shared membership in the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations.
High Commissioner Mavrommati was born in Paphos, Cyprus and is married with two children. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science and a Masters degree in Political Sociology. Mrs Mavrommati has held various diplomatic assignments in Cyprus Missions abroad and was the first Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Brazil from 2009 to 2014 with co-current accreditation to Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Guyana and Paraguay before taking up her current role in Canberra, Australia. H.E. Mrs Martha Mavrommati took office in Australia in June 2017 and is accredited to Australia and non-resident ambassador to Indonesia and East Timor, and High Commissioner to New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. She replaces the former High Commissioner H.E. Mr Yiannis Iakovou, who was accredited to Samoa from June 2010 to 2013.