The United States has maintained a presence in Samoa since 1991.
Today, Apia is the seat of government and the largest population center. The U.S. Embassy in Apia represents U.S. interests throughout the Samoan islands.
The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Samoa.
The Ambassador, based in Wellington, is the personal representative of the President of the United States. As the chief advocate of U.S. policy, he is supported by personnel from the Department of State and other U.S. agencies. The daily management of the U.S. Embassy in Apia is carried out by a Chargé d’Affaires.
The Embassy reports and analyzes developments in Samoa of concern to the United States, and advances a broad range of U.S. policy initiatives.
The Embassy engages the government and a range of organizations and individuals in Samoa to promote shared values. Among others, these include individual freedom, human rights and democracy and the rule of law.
Bilateral Relations Statement
The Embassy engages in a rich dialog with the Samoan government on a full range of bilateral and multilateral issues. These include such areas as regional security, development, and democratic institution-building, as well as bilateral cooperation in law enforcement.
The Embassy seeks to encourage greater cooperation with Samoa on economic and trade issues, such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group. The Embassy also works to promote U.S. exports to Samoa, reduce barriers to U.S. goods and services and protect the interests of U.S. investors.
The Embassy encourages Samoan funding for democracy, human rights and sustainable development, and policies on the environment that are compatible with U.S. and international concerns.
Finally, the Embassy seeks to enhance the United States’ cooperation with Samoa on terrorism, narcotics and other forms of international crime, and on extradition and deportation matters.