THE Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has congratulated Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the people of Papua New Guinea for the fine achievement in opening their new chancery in Solomon Islands.
Sogavare made the statement whilst speaking at the opening of the new PNG chancery, yesterday.
“The new PNG Chancery in Honiara is a magnificent building worthy of the purpose for which it was constructed and also reinforces the desire of Solomon Islands and PNG to have a permanent and rewarding relationship.”
He also referred to the new chancery building as an expression of commitment by the PNG towards enhancing its connection in a globalised world.
He also took the opportunity to thank his Papua New Guinea counterpart Hon Peter O’Neill for inviting the Melanesian leaders to the opening of the building which he said marked a very positive end to the 20th MSG Leaders’ Summit in Honiara.
“With the opening of the new PNG Chancery building, the people of Solomon Islands would expect a big difference in the delivery of services in terms of provision of state responsibilities for both the citizens of Solomon Islands and PNG by the PNG High Commission in Honiara.
“The long and cordial relationship between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea continues to grow from strength to strength and that it is further enriched by the various technical cooperation they have under the Melanesian Spearhead Group.”
But despite the strong bond that already exists between the countries, Sogavare said there is unlimited room for both countries to further bolster this relationship.
“The opportunities for both countries as well as other Melanesian states to increase economic integration are many. We only need to put our heads together and make the most of these opportunities,” he added.
Sogavare said Solomon Islands plays host to more than fifty investment portfolios from PNG and that hundreds of Solomon Islanders have studied in various tertiary institutions in PNG under PNG Government sponsorship.