Wednesday, 19 May 2010 3:02 PM

Sikua to Officially Open SI Chancery in Moresby

Prime Minister Derek Sikua will officially open Solomon Islands High commission Chancery building in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Friday.

The Prime Minister's Officers reports that Dr Sikua will leave for Port Moresby this afternoon via Brisbane to begin the three-day official visit tomorrow.

Prime Minister Sikua says the visit is important for the two countries given the warm and close bilateral relations they have been enjoying over the years.

He says Solomon Islands regards Papua New Guinea as its closest Melanesian neighbor
because they share many things in common such as the Maritime boundary in Bougainville.
"The visit will no doubt strengthen the bilateral relations and contact between our two countries," said Dr Sikua.

Dr Sikua, who is accompanied by senior officials, will pay a courtesy call on his PNG counterpart, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

The two Melanesian leaders will hold bilateral meetings.

Dr Sikua says his other engagements in Port Moresby on Friday include visits to the Catholic Theological Institute at Bomana and the Pacific Adventist University.

He will also meet with the Solomon Islands community and students on Saturday before returning to Honiara on Sunday.

Dr Sikua says while Port Moresby and Honiara have no desire to stop the daily movement of people from both sides of the common border, efforts are being pursed to ensure proper administration and management of the common border.