Samoan Prime Minister, Hon Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi visits New Zealand later this week to mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the two countries.
“I visited Samoa in August to mark the anniversary, and I am pleased to host Prime Minister Tuilaepa for a return visit during this special milestone year in our relationship,” Prime Minister John Key said.
“Samoa is the only country in the world with which New Zealand has a formal Treaty of Friendship.
“This special relationship is built on our shared Polynesian history, cultural ties, people-to-people links and regional cooperation, including through the Pacific Islands Forum.
“Regular high-level talks are an important part of our relationship, reflecting the closeness between our two countries and providing an opportunity to discuss and progress bilateral issues.
The Samoan PM’s visit follows last week’s visit by Singapore Lee Hsien Loong. The Philippines president will visit after Labour Weekend.