Foreign Affairs

 

The Solomon Islands Government and the Pacific Community (SPC) have formally signed a new Country Program for 2019 -2021.

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency, Mr. William Soaki made a courtesy call on the Fiji Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Security, Hon. Inia Seruiratu on Wednesday 20th February 2019, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarter in Nasese, Suva.

The courtesy call was an opportunity for His Excellency to formally meet Hon. Seruiratu since he took up the Foreign Affairs portfolio a couple of weeks ago and also comprehensively discuss bilateral and multilateral issues of common interest.

The connection between Solomon Islands and Fiji transcended long before diplomatic relation was established. In the 1870s, Solomon Islanders were brought to Fiji to work in the coconut plantations and sugarcane farms. In the 1940s, Fijian soldiers were involved in WWII in the battle of Guadalcanal. In the 1970s Fijian missionaries traveled to spread Christianity in Solomon Islands and more recently Fiji play a significant role in RAMSI. The close relationship was further strengthen through the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Development Cooperation.

The meeting noted the positive state of bilateral relations thus focus was on key priorities on the development cooperation and the need to review the overarching MOU which covers areas such as; Trade & Investment, Education, Labour Mobility, Immigration, Commerce, Retail & Taxation, Fisheries, Air & Sea Transport, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Climate Change, Environment, Security & Energy.

There is mutual commitment between both countries to advance the relationship, and ultimately continue to progress cooperation and engagement bilaterally, regionally and beyond.

Minister Inia highlighted that Solomon Islands and Fiji will ensure and recognize the positive impact of such development cooperation that will continue in the political, economic, and security sector of both countries and their contribution to the challenges faced in the Pacific region. As neighbors we have responsibilities to each other to make sure we progress into the future.

Both the Minister and His Excellency discussed the prospect of having more regular dialogue and collaboration between senior officials of both countries in developing means to further strengthen the relationship.

His Excellency Soaki is looking forward to broadening the bilateral engagement with Fiji through South-South Cooperation and the sharing of expertise on cross-cutting developmental issues. He also acknowledges the leadership role of Fiji during COP23 and will ensure to work closely with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Fiji on 28 July, 1978.

H.E. William Soaki presents his credential to PIFS General Secretary, H.E. Dame Meg Taylor

His Excellency, Mr. William Soaki, the High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to the Republic of Fiji, today (Wednesday 19 December 2018) presented his credential to the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) H.E Dame Meg Taylor, as Permanent Representative to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary. 

H.E. William Soaki and H.E Major-General (retired) Jioji Konrote, President of Fiji at the presentation of credentials ceremony in Suva

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency William Soaki, presented his credentials to the Fiji President His Excellency Major General (retired) Jioji Konusi Konrote on Thursday 13th December 2018 at the Borron House, Suva.

Ambassador Gobbi and Sir Frank at Government House

The Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina, H.E. Hugo Javier Gobbi has presented his letters of credence to the Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui at Government House on Thursday 4th October.

The ceremony has now formalized Ambassador Gobbi’s appointment as non-resident Ambassador Extra Ordinary with full powers to represent Argentina in Solomon Islands.

“This accreditation is an affirmation of our diplomatic relation established not long ago. It is the mark of friendship between us, two sovereign states,” Sir Frank said when accepting Ambassador Gobbi’s letter of credence.

Solomon Islands Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the World Trade Organisation H.E Salato taking his oath before the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Milner Tozaka.

Solomon Islands Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the World Trade Organisation has been commissioned on Friday 24 August. 

His Excellency Barrett Salato was commissioned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Milner Tozaka at the MFAET office.

Honourable Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u at the 71st WHA

The Minister for Health and Medical Services of Solomon Islands, Honourable Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u, made a strong case in support of including a supplementary item entitled: “Inviting Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly as an observer” in the Agenda of the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly.

Minister Tozaka and Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono

THE Government has signed a milestone agreement with the Japanese Government for the improvement of the Honiara International Airport Project today in Tokyo.

Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade Honorable Milner Tozaka and the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono officially signed the agreement at the Japanese Foreign Affairs Office.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honourable Milner Tozaka accompanied by the Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs & External Trade, (MFAET), William Soaki attended a High Level Dialogue on Climate Change and Biodiversity last week at the Pacific Community (SPC) Headquarter in Noumea.

Solomon Islands’ Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States of America, Mr. Robert Sisilo, has completed his cross-accreditations when he presented his Letter of Appointment to the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, on Monday this week. The Letter, signed by Prime Minister Sogavare, appoints Mr. Sisilo, based in New York, as Solomon Islands’ non-resident High Commissioner to Canada.