Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has received a courtesy visit from the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Dr. Lachlan Strahan.
The meeting was held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
His Excellency Dr Lachlan Strahan on Friday 19, last week, paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to discuss various issues pertaining to the deep partnership between Australia and Solomon Islands.
Amongst other areas discussed High Commissioner Strahan touched briefly on the importance of maintaining stability in the region especially in the wake of the appointment of the new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and the ensuing developments thereafter that threatens unity of the Forum member states inside PIFS.
“Australia holds high regard to the many issues confronting the region and remained respectful and deeply conscious of the views of Pacific states on regional issues”, High Commissioner Strahan told Prime Minister Sogavare.
The High Commissioner also informed the Prime Minister that Australia is committed to supporting the government in its Covid-19 vaccine rollout plans.
High Commissioner Strahan assures the Prime Minister that Australia is prepared to assist Solomon Islands to identify a suitable vaccine, and also to help in the vaccination of foreigners residing in Solomon Islands.
On the ongoing developments surrounding the Patrol Boat Border Post at the Western border, High Commissioner Strahan expressed to the Prime Minister that Australia is committed to the prompt eventuation of this project and expressed his desire for all local landowning parties to resolve their differences and allow for the progress of the project.
And added that the second Australian donated Patrol Boat RSIPV Taro to Solomon Islands is on track and it should be delivered in May.
Prime Minister Sogavare in concluding their discussion thanked the High Commissioner for his government’s steadfast support and commitment to Solomon Islands in various sectors.
Government Communication Unit Press