19 Oct 2012

Samoa PM ends NZ visit

2:35 pm on 19 October 2012

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has just completed a state visit to New Zealand.

The Prime Minister visited to mark the 50th anniversary of the treaty of friendship between the two countries.

In a joint statement issued by Prime Minister Tuilaepa and New Zealand foreign affairs minister Murray McCully says the visit gave the two countries an opportunity to cover a wide range of regional issues affecting both countries.

Key topics included continuing to encourage Fiji to hold elections in 2014, and the possibility of increasing trade between the two countries.

The Prime Minister has now left for Sydney where he will open a new consulate office.