Ambassador of Finland to Samoa Satu Mattila-Budich presents Letter of Credence

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Her Excellency Satu Mattila-Budich presented her Letter of Credence to the Member of the Council of Deputies, Afioga Le Mamea Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia at a presentation of credential ceremony held this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland to Samoa with residence in Canberra.
Samoa and Finland have maintained and enjoyed cordial relations since establishing diplomatic relations in August 1999.
Samoa continues to benefit from assistance through the European Union Development Fund, supporting regional development assistance programs channeled through the Pacific Islands Forum and the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI.
Our two countries have worked collaboratively at the United Nations to advance and address issues of common interests, including climate change, the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, peace and security, and the attainment of sustainable development goals. H.E Mattila-Budich, in her remarks, stated that she looks forward to working with Samoa’s government to advance relations between our two countries.
Afioga Le Mamea expressed his confidence in appointing HE Matilla-Budich as Ambassador of Finland to Samoa, which will no doubt provide opportunities for our two countries to collaborate on matters of mutual interest to strengthen bilateral ties further.
HE Satu Matilla-Budich is a career diplomat with a Master of Arts from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She held various senior positions at Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was posted to Finland’s Embassies in New York, New Delhi, Geneva, Washington DC, and Tokyo. HE Matilla-Budich was the Ambassador of Finland to Singapore, the Permanent Representative of Finland to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and currently the Ambassador of Finland to Canberra with cross accreditation to Samoa.