Ambassador of Romania to Samoa presents Letter of Credence


His Excellency Radu Gabriel Safta presented his Letter of Credence to the Member of the Council of Deputies, Afioga Le Mamea Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia at a presentation of the credential ceremony held this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Samoa with residence in Canberra.

Samoa and Romania have enjoyed cordial relations since establishing diplomatic relations in March 2006.  Samoa continues to benefit from assistance through the European Union Development Fund, supporting regional development assistance programs channeled through the Pacific Islands Forum.

Our two countries have worked collaboratively at the United Nations to advance our shared goals for the prosperity of our countries and peoples.

H.E Safta reiterated the importance of utilizing the available avenues for enhancing cooperation, such as our membership in the Pacific Island Forum, where the EU is a dialogue partner, and at the ACP-EU partnership and the upcoming Samoa Agreement signing in Apia next month.

Afioga Le Mamea expressed his confidence in appointing HE Safta as Ambassador of Romania to Samoa, further strengthening our bilateral relations.

HE Radu Gabriel Safta is a career diplomat who held various senior positions at Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. HE Safta held diplomatic rankings of First Secretary, Counsellor, Minister-Counsellor, and Minister Plenipotentiary in various Romanian missions.

He was Consul General of Romania in Toronto, Canada, and Istanbul, Turkey.  He was Romania’s Representative to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation.

He was also posted as Ambassador of Romania in Pretoria, South Africa, and a non-resident Ambassador to Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, and Lesotho.

HE Safta is currently the Ambassador of Romania to Australia with cross-accreditation to Samoa.  HE Safta holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Studies from the Babeş Bolyai University in Romania.