25 Jul 2011

Samoa government and Tuvalu community farewell late Minister Isaia Italeli

5:49 am on 25 July 2011

The body of Tuvalu's late Minister of Works and Natural Resources, Isaia Italeli, has left Samoa after a farewell service attended by Samoa's Prime Minister and his cabinet.

A Tuvaluan living in Samoa, Vala Vala, says the farewell service was also attended by a small Tuvaluan community living in Samoa.

The late minister was found dead in a hotel room he was staying before the Pacific Minister's of Fisheries meeting was opened last Wednesday.

The police say the death was not suspicious.