Samoan PM in Fiji on official visit

Prime Minister of the Independence State of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi inspects the guard of honour during his arrival at the Nausori Airport on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

SAMOAN Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has wished Fiji well ahead of the coming general elections.

Mr Tuilaepa arrived into the country yesterday for a three-day official visit.

While speaking after his traditional welcome at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night, Mr Tuilaepa commended the Government for inviting him to Fiji.

“I take this opportunity to wish you well in your upcoming election and may God bless you all,” he said.

He also thanked Government for the traditional welcome and reminded those gathered at the ceremony to hold onto their heritage for future generations.

“I wish to also express my sincere appreciation for the invitation from the Fijian Government to turn this visit into a people one,” Mr Malielegaoi said.

“I happily accepted because while I am here to speak at our regional institution, the USP (University of the South Pacific), I also have to pay respects to the owners of the land.

“PM, I thank you sincerely for your hospitality. I hope someday, you, Prime Minister will be able to visit Samoa,” he added.

As part of his visit, Mr Malielegaoi will pay a courtesy call to President Jioji Konrote and also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He will also address a gathering at the USP as part of the university’s 50th anniversary and visit the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.