Samoa and Israel have enjoyed a friendly and fruitful relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries in 1977.
This relationship, has largely been attained through the pursuit of common interests and aspirations in international forums for maintaining prosperity, peace, and security in our regions and beyond.
As members of the world community, Israel and Samoa have also endeavored to address challenges in the areas of sustainable development, human rights, poverty, terrorism, transnational crime and indeed, climate change and sea level rise, which is an issue of importance and urgency in the pacific region.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hanegbi accompanied by Ambassador Yosef Livne attended the Small Islands Developing States (S.I.D.S.) conference hosted by Samoa in 2014. In recent years Israel has contributed to various areas of development assistance giving donations to Samoan Health and Sports Sectors as well as aiding the Samoan Victim Support Group. Samoan pilgrims travel regularly to Israel to visit the Holy places.
Another example of cooperation between our two countries is the pending visa waiver agreement that Samoa and Israel have already negotiated and are proposing to sign in the very near future.
Both countries are in the process of coordinating a date for the visit of Samoa’s Prime Minister to Israel
It is our hope that the cordial relations that exist between Israel and Samoa will continue to be further strengthened.