Foreign Affairs

(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of the Solomon Islands to the United Nations, Robert Sisilo, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.

Solomon Islands was among the 16 members of the Pacific Islands Forum that did attend the 3rd Interim Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (IPALM) which was held in Tokyo on 17th January, 2017. The Solomon Islands delegation was headed by Hon. Milner Tozaka- Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade; accompanied by the Permanent Secretary (sg) for Foreign Affairs- Mr. Joseph Maáhanua and Assistant Secretary (sg) for Asia Branch- Mr. Joseph Atkin Tada

The Interim Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (IPALM) was a ministerial forum between members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the government of Japan; seeking to discuss issues of common interests. IPALM was an avenue initiated purposely to review previous PALM meetings and prepare by way-forward for the next summit proceedings (PALM).

This year marks the 3rd IPALM Ministerial meeting that discusses the 2015 Pacific Island Leaders Meeting PALM commitments; hence its implementation; and the preparation towards the forth-coming PALM Leaders meeting which will be held in 2018 in Japan.

On 13th January 2017 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honourable George Milner Tozaka, Commissioned the country’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Robert Sisilo.

SOLOMON Islands farewells the out-going ROC/Taiwan Ambassador to Solomon Islands HE Victor Te-Sun Yu during a farewell dinner hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka.

The new High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to Australia, H.E Mr. Collin David Beck presented his Letters of Introduction to the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister, in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Building, in Sydney.

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Don Higgins, following his arrival in the country.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has a new Honorary consul to Solomon Islands.

He is Mr. Kutila Pinto.

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare today commissioned Solomon Islands new High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Colin David Beck.

Two Solomon Islands diplomats have been commissioned by the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara today.

Solomon Islands this week has repeated its call on Indonesia to cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.