APIA, Samoa -- The Prime Minister of Samoa has expressed his gratitude to the country's Bahai community for its long service to the development of Samoan society.
The Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made his remarks on 14 January 2014 during celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Bahai Faith in the Pacific island nation.
"I take this opportunity to express the appreciation of the government for the important contribution that you make to the spiritual life of our country," he said.
The Prime Minister noted that the work of the Bahai community, along with all churches in Samoa, is paramount in bringing out the best in people.
In a special observance at the Samoa Tradition Resort, the Prime Minister also said the Samoan Government strives to protect the right of all to worship.
"We are also very conscious of abuses of human rights and freedom that persists in many countries around the world," he said. "As part of Samoa's engagement internationally through its membership with the UN, Samoa endeavors to support efforts to protect the rights of people in various countries including Iran where the Baha'i Faith struggles through...