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Samoa PM Coming Here

Samoa PM Coming Here
November 17
12:29 2014

A loud critic of Fiji and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is expected to arrive in Suva tomorrow.

Tuilaepa is listed to be accompanied by his wife Gillian Muriel Malielegaoi, Samoan Finance Ministry chief executive Lavea Lulai Lavea, and Foreign Affairs chief executive Aion Mose Pouvi Sua.

He will be here to attend the regional summits being hosted by Fiji and held here with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Suva and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Nadi.
But a notable absentee from both appears to be Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, according to confirmed participants as of yesterday.

The Solomon Islands is understably absent as it is in the midst of general elections.
While other Pacific Islands countries had remained silent and kept out of Fiji’s internal affairs after the 2006 change of government, Tuilaepa frequently spoke out against Fiji and Mr Bainimarama.

While Foreign Affairs is remaining diplomatic on Tuilaepa’s visit, interest had piqued when his confirmation of coming was made.
Tuilaepa had earlier appeared to follow the Australian and New Zealand tune on Fiji during their unsuccessful attempts to isolate the Bainimarama Government internationally and force early elections.

Some believed Tuilaepa was trying to position Samoa to replace Fiji as the hub of the Pacific islands.
While Tuilaepa accused Mr Bainimarama of being dictatorial, critics of Tuilaepa have described him the same way.

The Human Rights Protection Party he leads has been in power longer than any other Pacific Islands government. Critics have accused it of changing the constitution and parliamentary rules to ensure it keeps control.

Latest list of those coming to Fiji for the Modi summit in Suva:

– Anote Tong – Kiribati President;
– Sir Italei Lakoba – Tuvalu Governor General;
– Elizabeth Wright Koteka – Cook Islands, chief of staff, Office of the Prime Minister;
– Brendy H Carl – Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), asst deputy secretary for Asian Affairs;
– Sato Kilman – Vanuatu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation and External Trade;
– Johnny George Koanapo – Vanuatu, director-general for Foreign Affairs
– Tony A  deBrum – Marshall Islands, Minister for Foreign Affairs;
– Tregar A Ishoda – Marshall Islands, advisor Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
– Neijon Edwards – Marshall Islands, protocol officer;
– Gregorio Ngirmang – Palau, Minister of Health;
– Deborah Ngemaes – Palau, director public health;
– Temmy Temengil – Palau, Assistant to Minister for Health;
– Lila Ann Demei – Palau, Foreign Service officer of bureau;
– Lord Tu’ivakano – Tonga Prime Minister
– Myra Patai – Cook Islands, secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
– Baron Waqa – Nauru President;
– Loiusa Waqa – Nauru, First Lady;
– Saikumar Paravanoor – Nauru, Secretary to Cabinet;
– Jachin Bop – Nauru, Aise-de-camp;
– Bob – Jones Ribauw – Nauru, acting DG, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and trade;
– Henry Puna – Cook Islands Prime Minister;
– Akaiti Puna – Cook Islands, PM’s Wife;
– Trevor Pitt – Cook Islands, chief media/policy, Office of the Prime Minister;
– Toke Tufukia Talagi – Niue, Premier of Niue;
– Jazinta Manogifitiolive Anthea Levi – Niue
– Pats Ma Ake Aue – Niue
-Peleni Emeline Talagi – Niue

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