American Samoa welcomes AUKUS; seeks federal aid for new hospital

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

American Samoa welcomes its role in the Indo-Pacific defense under the trilateral security agreement among the United States, Australia the United Kingdom, said Congresswoman Uifa'atali Amata, the territory's delegate to the U.S. Congress.

Amata said American Samoa is one of the three anchors of the AUKUS aimed at keeping in check Chinese expansion into the Pacific region.

“People familiar with World War II history think of places like Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu and Tinian but are less aware that while American Samoa thankfully was not a front-line battleground, the territory served as a vital staging area for the U.S. armed services in the Pacific theater," Amata said.

“We are proud to be able once again to serve our country's security needs in the challenging period that lies ahead," Amata said. "Just as Hawaii is the northern anchor of AUKUS, American Samoa is proud to be the southern anchor along with Australia."

Amata said her priority in Congress is to secure funding for a new, state-of-the-art hospital.

She said American Samoa's new hospital would be a critical component of regional security.