Samoa’s Ambassador in Japan, Faalavaau Perina Sila-Tualaulelei has presented her credentials to President Aquino of the Philippines.
Faalavaau joined the Ambassadors-designate from Cuba, Ibete Fernandez Hernandez and Finland, Petri Juhani Puhakka, in presenting their credentials to President Aquino recently, according to the government of the Philippines.
In his message during the event held in Malacanang, President Aquino said their tours of duty to the Philippines have come at an opportune time after the Philippines strengthened its capability and rehabilitated its image both locally and abroad.
“Indeed as we witness the evolution of the very framework by which our world functions and as we continue to confront issues that are increasingly less parochial, it is critical for each and every nation to be ready to fulfill its responsibilities as members of the community of nations,” he told the new Ambassadors.
“I’m proud to say that in this regard the Philippines is readier than ever before.”
The President also said he is confident that the new ambassadors will continue to build on relations with his successor after he assumes office on June 30.
The friendship between the Philippines and countries they represent as well as the collective commitment to serve their peoples must endure beyond the term and the leader, he noted.
“I’m confident that you will continue to work together towards creating a global landscape that can empower and uplift each and everyone of our citizens,” the President said.