Foreign Affairs

Hon. Jeremiah Manele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade [centre] at the Solomon Islands Embassy in Brussels, with Trade Commissioner Mr Joseph Ma’ahanua and Ambassador Mose

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele (MP) is leading a Solomon Islands delegation to the 109th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific ( ACP) Council of Ministers and the 44th Session of the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium from 20-24 May 2019.

 

The ACP-EU ministerial meetings accord the opportunity for Ministers of the ACP Group of States to discuss relevant issues covering development cooperation, political dialogue and trade, and engagement with the European Union.

The meeting also allows Member States to receive a progress update on negotiations of a post Cotonou arrangement framework for cooperation with the EU and work done to the Georgetown Agreement.

Minister Manele is scheduled to chair several meetings including the ACP Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation as Solomon Islands currently holds the Vice Chairmanship role in the Ministerial Committee.

He  is also due to hold bilateral meetings with the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Deputy Secretary General of the Directorate General TRADE, and will use the opportunity to highlight some of the Government’s priorities in strengthening Solomon Islands cooperation and engagement with the EU both bilaterally and through the ACP Group of States.

Background

The ACP Group of States is an organization made up of 79 member states in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region engaged with the European Union under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement. This relationship covers political cooperation, political dialogue and trade; and development finance.  The Cotonou Agreement expires in 2020.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.