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(OTAGO, N.Z.) The following is a public lecture given by Samoa Prime Minister Lupesoliai Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at Otago University.

(SAMOA) – The State of Israel sent out a festive, colorful 56th Independence Day message for Samoa via its Twitter account 31 May, 2018.

The tweet reads: "Dear #Samoa" and is accompanied by an image showing the flag of Samoa with a banner that states "Happy Independence Day!"

The Twitter account named "Israel," based in Jerusalem, says it is the State of Israel's official Twitter channel maintained by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs Digital Diplomacy Team.

The message is signed: "Sincerely yours, Israel."

(SAMOA) – This statement from U.S. Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo issued for 'Samoa National Day' is dated 1 June, 2018. It was published on ws.usembassy.gov. Pompeo writes:

Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Samoa celebrate Independence Day.

Since 1971, the United States and the Independent State of Samoa have been close and enduring partners in the Pacific. Our two countries are joined by our shared belief in democracy and freedom.

Together, we have partnered to further these foundational principles across the region.

(PATA, Falelatai, Samoa) – Facebook's importance in keeping Samoans connected with family members – is one of the issues addressed in pese that Pata village will present in celebration of Independence Day June 1, 2018.

Government officials have begun their inspections of pese and siva for Independence Day celebrations and visited Pata Wednesday, May 9. They were received at the guesthouse of Rev. Sisa Samuelu, leader of the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa at Pata.

(SAMOA) — A book that examines land rights and laws in five U.S. territories in the Pacific, was launched over the weekend at Tradewinds Hotel in American Samoa.

Today, May 7, the book's Author Dr. Line Memea Kruse will lead a seminar in which she'll discuss the new title — "The Pacific Insular Case of American Samoa: Land Rights and Laws in Unincorporated U.S. Territories" — at the National University of Samoa.

The event is part of the Seminar & Film Series hosted by the Centre for Samoan Studies at NUS.

(WASHINGTON D.C.) — U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer in the United States. Here is his declaration in its entirety: On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection.

Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity.

(SAMOA) — Samoa’s engagement with the People’s Republic of China since 1975 remains underpinned by the One China policy. 

"And we will continue to support the One China Policy,” reaffirms Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

The Prime Minister was responding to a call made in Beijing China last week during a courtesy call to China’s Vice Minister for International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (IDCPC) Guo Yezhou by a delegation of eight parliamentarians from Samoa in late April.

(SAMOA) — Writers for the Government of Samoa, with the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, are extremely busy. We've compiled a few of the stories provided to Tautalatala by the Press Secretariat for your Samoa Government Briefs. Find more stories on the Government of Samoa Facebook page.

VUKI FAMILY OF ST. GEORGE: "EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS"

The Vuki family in St. George, Utah in the United States, has donated close to $200,000 to Samoa to fund scholarships for students and in their latest donation presented $15,000 to the Fire Emergency Services.

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) - In response to a recent The Hill article that covered the latest lawsuit for birthright citizenship, the Hon. Delegate to Congress for AMERICAN SAMOA, Amata Radewagen, wrote “the Hill’s headline ‘American Samoa residents sue for citizenship’ is not accurate”. She’s right. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are no longer residents of American Samoa, but are residents of the Great State of Utah.

(SAMOA) — Flags at half mast, a gun salute preceding his burial and the highest of honours will be accorded the late Member of the Council of Deputies Tuiloma Lameko Gae'e during his state funeral Friday, April 13, 2018.

In mourning the loss of the long serving former Parliamentarian, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, declared today a public holiday.

Released by the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet Thursday, here is the State Funeral Services program for the late Honourable Tuiloma Lameko Gae’e:

Friday, April 13, 2018