The Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter Shanel has described the opening of Solomon Islands newly built Chancery in Canberra, Australia as a momentous occasion for the Government and the people of Solomon Islands.

Mr Shanel described the new Chancery as uniquely designed incorporating Solomon Islands traditional themes and features.

He said that the Chancery would add value to the array of specially designed diplomatic missions from around the world in the Deakin suburb of Canberra.

Mr Shanel said for Solomon Islands to have its own Chancery "is a milestone achievement and with more office space the government intends to increase the capacity at the High Commission to effectively deal with expanding activities and functions.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister then reaffirmed Solomon Islands commitment to its relations with Australia with the words, "we are here to stay."

Speaking in front of about 300 invited guests Mr Shanel said the opening of the Chancery "demonstrates a firm commitment Solomon Islands has to enhance and strengthen its valued relationship and co-operation with Australia.

The crowd also include two former Special Coordinators of RAMSI James Bartlet and Graeme Wilson, and former RAMSI officers and Australians who had married to Solomon Islanders.