New High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Samoa arrives in the Country


H.E. Mr Gareth Keith Hoar, the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Samoa, arrived in Apia on Saturday, 10th June 2023. 

He presented his Letter of Credence to the Head of State, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, at the Credentials Ceremony this morning at the Official Residence of the Head of State at Vailele. 

The United Kingdom and Samoa have maintained close relations since establishing formal diplomatic ties in September 1970.  Our shared membership of the Commonwealth reflects our vision for peaceful and democratic countries based on respect for and  promotion of human rights, good governance and the rule of law.

The Head of State and the High Commissioner referred in their remarks to the Head of State’s visit to the UK for the later Queen Elizabeth II funeral in 2022 and the recent coronation in May 2023 of King Charles III, which were historical milestones.

HE Mr Hoar assured to continue strengthening bilateral relations between Samoa and the United Kingdom during his tenure by focusing on our shared social and economic development goals.

H.E Mr Gareth Keith Hoar was Consul General to various posts, including Wuhan, Melbourne and Guangzhou. He was also posted as First Secretary of Trade & Investments to Beijing, as Third Secretary for Press and Public Affairs to Washington and to Santiago as an Administrator Officer. 

From 2017 to 2018 Mr Hoar took up full-time training in Mandarin. H.E Gareth Hoar is married to Rebecca Haixiang Hoar.