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Israel’s new Ambassador to Samoa present credentials

APIA, SAMOA – 09 MAY 2023: The State of Israel’s Ambassador to Samoa, His Excellency, Mr. Ran Yaakoby presented his Letter of Credence to the Member of the Council of Deputies, Afioga Le Mamea Ropati Mualia at a credentials ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday morning. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Samoa and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1977, and both countries have continued to maintain cordial relations. As highlighted in the remarks delivered by the Member of the Council of Deputies and the Ambassador of Israel during the Credential ceremony, Samoa continues to benefit from Israel’s MASHAV development cooperation program through capacity building and training opportunities in the fields of health, agriculture and education.

Both also highlighted the milestone in the bilateral relations with the signing of a Visa Waiver Arrangement between the two countries in March 2019. This arrangement allows all Samoan passport holders to travel to Israel without a visa and stay for up to 90 days with reciprocal arrangements and conditions for nationals of Israel when entering Samoa. The visa waiver agreement comes into effect on 6 July 2023.

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Israel’s Ambassador, His Excellency Ran Yaakoby and Mrs Yaakoby with the Member of the Council of Deputies Le Mamea Ropati Mualia and Faletua.

At the multilateral level, Samoa and Israel through shared membership at the United Nations, have worked collaboratively to promote issues of mutual interest for global peace and security and development for the prosperity of both countries.

His Excellency, Mr Ran Yaakoby holds a Masters in Arts degree in Conflict-resolution and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. H.E. Mr Ran Yaakoby is a career diplomat holding various Senior positions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director for Combating Anti-Semitism and for the Holocaust Remembrance, EU-Israel Cooperation Programs Coordinator, In Charge of UK and Ireland, Head of North and South American Desk and Assistant to the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. In terms of diplomatic posting, he served as Minister-Counsellor to Germany (2011 – 2016), he also served as Deputy Ambassador to Sweden (2003 – 2007) and Deputy Consul General and Charged’ Affaires in Sao Paulo (1996 – 2011). H.E. Ran Yaakoby is married to Debora Yaakoby and they have two children.