Solomon Islands and New Zealand concluded their bilateral talks in Queenstown, New Zealand with keen desire and commitment to strengthen the two countries bilateral relations.

New Zealand Foreign Minister, Hon Murray McCully officially welcome Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Hon Clay Forau Soalaoi, MP, and his delegation to Queensland, New Zealand for the talks and thanked them for the visit.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister later re-iterated New Zealand Government’s keen desire and commitment to strengthen its bilateral relations and to assist Solomon Islands Government in addressing its many development challenges.

During their bilateral discussions, Foreign Minister Forau thanked the Foreign Minister Murray McCully and the Government and people of New Zealand for the assistance and support during the recent Tsunami in Temotu Province.

Foreign Minister Forau also thanked the Government of New Zealand for its support and assistance to the Solomon Islands Government in the areas of Education and Training, Police support and training, RAMSI, Civil Aviation and infrastructure development and many others.

He added that New Zealand’s Government support and assistance to the Solomon Islands Government, has been greatly appreciated and has also contributed positively to the progress and development of the country.

Following his discussions with Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Queenstown, Foreign Minister Forau and his delegation will move on this weekend to Nelson, Wellington, Napier and Auckland for further discussions and meetings with New Zealand Government Leaders and officials.

Foreign Minister Clay Forau Soalaoi’s delegation in New Zealand for the talks includes the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr Bernard Bata’anisia.


Source: Press Release, Government Communications Unit