Samoa–United States relations

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Samoa – United States relations


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Samoa – United States relations are bilateral relations between Samoa and the United States.


Relations are considered cordial and warm. Since 1967, the United States has supported a substantial Peace Corps program in Samoa. Over 1,700 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Samoa over that time, with 30 Volunteers currently in-country. The Peace Corps program emphasizes English literacy at the primary school level. Other forms of U.S. assistance to Samoa are limited. The U.S. Embassy, staffed by a single officer, is the smallest Embassy in Samoa and one of the few one-officer U.S. Embassies in the world.

The current U.S. Ambassador to Samoa is David Huebner (accredited to both New Zealand and Samoa; resident in Wellington).

The United States and Samoa signed the Shiprider Agreement on June 2, 2012, coinciding with the Samoan Golden Jubilee marking the country's 50th anniversary of independence.[1] The bilateral agreement allows Samoan law enforcement personnel to enforce maritime law and fisheries regulations on board U.S. Coast Guard ships.[1] The agreement applies to officers of the Samoan Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and uniformed personnel of the Samoan Ministry of Police and Prison and the United States Coast Guard.[1] Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and United States Ambassador to Samoa David Huebner were the signatories of the agreement.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Samoa and US sign Shiprider Agreement". Radio New Zealand International. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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