His Majesty King Charles appeared in a good mood as he greeted Afioga i le Sao Faapito Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Monday afternoon, smiling warmly and sharing a joke with Samoa’s PM.
It was a reunion of sorts for the pair, who had a similarly good natured meeting in March this year during a gathering of Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers in London.
King Charles and Queen Camilla plan to travel to Samoa during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 2024.
Samoa is a proud member of the Commonwealth, and is honoured to host the 2024 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October 2024 on the theme “One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth”.
Samoa is the first Small Island Developing State from the Blue Pacific to host CHOGM and will bring a unique perspective to the table.
CHOGM 2024 promises to be a landmark event, uniting Commonwealth nations in their pursuit of resilience, sustainability, and a shared future.
The Commonwealth ‘Aiga’
The fa’asamoa, or Samoan way of life, exemplifies collective responsibility, encapsulating values such as respect, dignity, love, protection, and service. This ethos aligns with the principles of the Commonwealth Charter, uniting the Commonwealth Aiga (family) of 56 nations, representing one-third of the global population. These nations, diverse in size and development status, share common beliefs and values, where every member’s contribution is significant.
Announcing the theme today during the 23rd Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting, Prime Minister, Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa said:
“In the spirit of our Commonwealth ‘Aiga’ and guided by the fa’asamoa the Government and people of Samoa eagerly anticipate welcoming the Commonwealth family to our island home, the Blue Pacific in October 2024.”
“We look forward to sharing our unique Samoan communal culture and traditions as we come together to transform our one resilient family into a Common Wealth.”