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American Samoa Governor sends message of condolence to Tonga

While attending meetings in Washington D.C. American Samoan Governor Lolo Moliga sent a message of condolence to the Kingdom of Tonga on the passing of the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho.

The Queen Mother passed away a week ago in Auckland, New Zealand. She was 90.

The late Queen Mother and his Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, used to be regular visitors to American Samoa as VIP guests for Flag Day, inaugurations and other major events.

In a message addressed to King Siaosi Tupou IV and her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u, Governor Lolo wrote:

“It is with deepest sadness that we have learned of the passing of the beloved Queen Mother of Tonga, Halaevalu Mata’aho.

“Her lifetime of contributions to the Kingdom of Tonga and to the Tongan people around the world will be long remembered.

“During my tenure as President of the Senate of American Samoa I had the honour and privilege to meet the Queen Mother at Fuamotu during the time of the coronation of King George Tupou V.

“I shall always remember her warmth and the generosity of her spirit.

“She was an inspiration to all, and will be fondly remembered by members of the Tongan Community here in the territory.

“On behalf of my wife Cynthia and Lt. Governor Lemanu palepoi Mauga, and on behalf of all the people of American Samoa, our most sincere condolences go out to you and the Royal Family, and to the people of Tonga, for your profound loss.

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