Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare today welcome the Ambassador of Portugal, His Excellency Pedro Rodrigues Da Silva into the country.
H.E Da Silva is in the country to formally introduce himself after he was unable to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister earlier because of the Global Pandemic.
Prime Minister Sogavare assure the Ambassador of the National government’s continuous support and confidence during his tenure as non-resident Ambassador to Solomon Islands.
“Welcome and congratulations on your new appointment as Ambassador to Solomon Islands with residence in Canberra, Australia.
Solomon Islands and Portugal established diplomatic relations in November 20th 1996 with their Embassy in Canberra getting accredited to Solomon Islands.
Both leaders agree that despite their geographical distance, the two countries relationship have always been cordial and centred on common priority areas such as sustainable development, renewable energy, addressing climate change and oceans issues, education among others.
Prime Minister Sogavare also acknowledge and thank Portugal’s influential role in the international stage in harnessing multilateral mechanisms to address pressing global challenges such as climate change and oceans sustainability; issues of paramount importance to SI and the Pacific region.
“The bilateral meeting between my Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele and his counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Hon. Joao Gomes Cravinho was very productive. It was a fruitful discussion on mutual areas of development and economic cooperation that both our countries can explore and further enhance,” stated the Prime Minister.
Solomon Islands and Portugal have minimal engagements over the years although Portugal had supported our productive and social sectors.
With Portugal renowned in several sports particularly soccer, Solomon Islands would like to deepen people to peoples diplomacy through sporting avenues. Our countries can explore technical assistance and expertise on soccer sporting faculty from Portugal, this would enhance and hone our teams for Gold medal winning chances.
On the multilateral platform, Portugal’s assistance is channelled through the multilateral mechanism more specifically through the European Union’s Apparatus.
Portugal is located in South-Western Europe. It has a Unitary semi-republic government system with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as Head of State and Prime Minister Antonio Costa as Head of Government.