U.S. Ambassador Tom Udall Presents Credentials to His Highness the Head of State of Samoa
The United States Ambassador to Samoa, Mr. Thomas Stewart Udall, virtually presented his credentials to the Head of State of Samoa, His Highness Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II this morning.
The event was hosted at the U.S. Embassy for local/Samoa-resident media and on Zoom for any participating regional outlets.
In his remarks, the Ambassador Udall highlighted the shared history, culture, and values that link Samoa and the United States and his interest in strengthening the close U.S.Samoa partnership.
“It is a privilege to serve the United States as our representative to Samoa. I am honored to fulfil these duties at a time when ties between our two countries are extremely strong,” said Ambassador Udall.
He reiterated the United States’ commitment to Samoa and our longstanding cooperation in areas including education, health, and cultural preservation.
Ambassador Udall also indicated that climate will be a focus of his tenure, stating that, “President Biden and I both believe climate-friendly policies and investments are necessary not only to protect our environment, but also to create well-paying jobs, spur long-term economic growth, and improve the quality of life for our peoples.”
Ambassador Udall noted the rich culture and traditions of his home state, New Mexico, and said that he looks forward to building cross-cultural ties and learning from Samoa’s equally rich culture.
“I was taught at a young age that there are few greater honors than being able to give back to your community, your people, your country. I have been fortunate to have a life of public service and I am humbled to continue this journey by representing the United States of America in Samoa,” said Ambassador Udall.
The United States Ambassador thanked the Head of State for the opportunity to present his credentials virtually and said that he is eager to visit Samoa as soon as circumstances allow.
President Joseph R. Biden nominated Tom Udall to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Independent State of Samoa on July 16, 2021 and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Udall on October 26, 2021. Ambassador Udall is concurrently accredited as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand.