5 Apr 2008

Successful high level talks between Samoa and NZ over Treaty of Friendship

10:23 am on 5 April 2008

The joint ministerial talks between Samoa and New Zealand to review the Treaty of Friendship for the two nations has ended.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, complimented Samoa during the talks because of its strong economy, social and political progress for the region.

Yesterday's one day meeting between Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Mr Peters was focused on issues such as immigration, education, and trade.

They both reiterated their commitment to further strengthening the two countries bilateral relationship, trust and mutual respect.

On the area of immigration, the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme was acknowledged as an outstanding success and model for co-operation between New Zealand and Samoa.