Hon Prime Minister,
Let me first of all acknowledge the endorsement of my official visit to Israel and one which was postponed over a decade ago due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control.
I am most appreciative of the opportunity to be in Israel because such are one of the ways by which we are continuing to build on our relations. Such is the reason why I am happy that after a number of years of discussions and no doubt negotiations, another window of opportunity has opened for furthering cooperation between our two countries through the signing of the visa waiver agreement today.
As a founding member of the Asian development Bank we have also signaled our support of Israel’s application to be a member of the Bank.
We continue to be meaningfully engaged at the United Nations as a responsible international citizen and in manner alike give careful and considered support to Israel to the maximum extent possible.
Though these might seem small measures from a small island developing country, we can only do our best and we see potential and mutual benefit to our two countries through the visa waiver arrangement. Israel will continue to draw the world to itself through its rich and valuable cultural history and Samoa is no exception. Pilgrimages come from Samoa to Israel every year. The technological and innovative advances of Israel to address development problems, will attract trainees from countries like Samoa.
Prime Minister I am certain that this visa arrangement will foster more people to people linkages between our two countries.
Thank you .