August 22, 2023
Aug 22: The 1st Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between India and Samoa were held in Apia on 21 August 2023. Secretary (East), Shri Saurabh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs and Ms. Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer, MFAT co-chaired the meeting.
Both sides discussed their wide-ranging bilateral relations including their development partnership covering areas such as health, ICT, education, SME and capacity building. They also discussed follow-up on the FIPIC III Summit, as well as regional and global issues, and cooperation in the framework of PIF, Commonwealth and UN. Samoa will host the next CHOGM on 21 October 2024.
Secretary (East) called on Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. He also visited Indian developmental project sites in areas of health and ICT and interacted with a group of ITEC alumni.
Both sides agreed to hold FOC on a regular basis.