SOLOMON ISLANDS ESTABLISHES TWO NEW DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS OVERSEAS

The Solomon Islands Government has established two new Diplomatic Missions in Cuba and Malaysia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Clay Forau made the announcement during a press conference today in Honiara following his official visit to New Zealand in the last two weeks.

During the press conference, Foreign Minister Forau informed the media that our Embassy in Havana, Cuba and our High Commission office in Malaysia have already been established and reflects a major achievement for the Ministry, the Government and the country as a whole.

“Our new Embassy in Havana, Cuba will help strengthened our bilateral relations with Cuba as well as the Latin America and Caribbean region as well as looking at new opportunities for enhancing our trade and economic relations,” Minister Forau said.

Our Ambassador Designate to Cuba, His Excellency Mr Simeon Bouro, has already left the country to take up his new posting in Cuba and will be presenting his credentials to the Cuban Vice President on 22 March 2013.

On the Solomon Islands new High Commission office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Foreign Minister Forau said this will help advance Solomon Islands ‘Look North Policy’ and strengthened our bilateral relations and contacts with the Malaysia Government and the Asian region.

“The High Commission office in Malaysia has been mooted since the 1990s by successive Governments but I am pleased to note that the NCRA Government has made this initiative materialized,” Minister Forau.

The Solomon Islands High Commission office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be temporarily manned by a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, pending the appointment of a new High Commissioner to Malaysia.

The process of the appointment of a new High Commissioner in Malaysia is progressing well and will be finalized soon.

The press conference was attended by the local media as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mrs Joy Kere and the Deputy Secretary, Mr Bernard Bata’anisia.