Solomon Islands continue to gain international respect and recognition as more United Nations member states formalize diplomatic partnership with the sovereign state this week.
Today, two sovereign nations, the Republic of Chile and the Sultanate of Oman have separately forged diplomatic relations with Solomon Islands at the margin of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America.
Solomon Islands cordially acknowledged the two countries for their trust and willingness to establish diplomatic relations based on common national interests and as enshrined in the joined communique.
During the signing of diplomatic relations with Chile, Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele MP said, Solomon Islands eyes enhancing deeper bilateral relations with Chile through development cooperation especially on Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Renewable Energy, Sports, Ocean and people to people relations.
Manele added that as one of the world’s powerhouses in Soccer, Chile can assist Solomon Islands not only on sports related lessons but we can also benefit from its coaching and personnel trainings, player exchange programs and more importantly how sports can assist drive national economy.
Foreign Minister of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Albert Van Klaveren said, Chile respects the principle of equality among states, national Sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-interference.
Chile is one of the eleven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that have created a network to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which threatens the food security. Solomon Islands can explore into this now that its diplomatic relationship with Chile has been sealed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele also signed the Solomon Islands- Oman diplomatic relations with his counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, His Excellency Sayyid Badr Albusaidi. Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab World.
The two leaders are convinced that the establishment of the Solomon- Oman diplomatic relations corresponds to the interest of both states and will further strengthen international peace.
Solomon Islands and Oman have assured each other of their willingness to develop friendly, peaceful and cooperative, relations in political, economic, trade and culture and other fields of common interests.
Both countries agreed to explore more in the areas of common interests such as in Fisheries, Agriculture, Renewable energy, Trade and people to people relations.
Solomon Islands anticipate the signing of more new diplomatic relations at the margin of the UNGA this week.
Meanwhile, the weeklong United Nations General Assembly debate was officially opened this morning.
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare will be presenting the country’s national statement on Friday afternoon (Saturday morning SI time).
The theme for the UNGA 78th session is “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.”