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Samoa Welcomes New India Ambassador
Countries look to ‘strengthen relations’

By Niccola Hazelman-Siona

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Feb. 15, 2013) – The Head of State, His Highness TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese Efi welcomed the new Ambassador of India to Samoa yesterday.

Avanindra Kumar Pandey presented his credentials to the Head of State during a brief meeting at Tuaefu.

"I would like to express our heartfelt and profound condolences at the loss of lives and damage to property caused by the cyclone Evan in December 2012," he said.

"Your Highness, India values highly its relationship with the people and the government of Samoa and looks forward to strengthening the bilateral links of cooperation.

"The presence of a small Indian community in Samoa has become an invaluable bridge reinforcing understanding and cooperation between our two countries.

"I look forward to fulfilling my mission in further strengthening the relations of friendship, understanding, support and cooperation between our two countries."

His Highness TuiAtua accepted the Letter of Credence and thanked Mr. Pandey.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Samoa and to receive the Letter of Credence from the President of the Republic of India," said His Highness. "I gladly accept the warm greetings and best wishes from His Excellency, the President and I would ask that you convey my best wishes for His Excellency’s good health and well-being.

"I am confident that during your tenure as the High Commissioner to Samoa the arrangements between our two countries on areas to enhance the relations between our countries will be further strengthened.

"I reciprocate the confidence that the President has in you and I wish you a successful and enjoyable tenure as High Commissioner of India to Samoa."

Mr. Pandey and the second secretary of the High Commissioner, Sanjay Kumar Verma were officially welcomed during an ava ceremony.

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