Solomon Islands and India have renewed and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation to new heights.
The statement was made following a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele and his Indian counterpart, the Minister of External Affairs, Dr S Jaishankar at the margins of the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda recently.
Minister Manele acknowledged the support provided by India to Solomon Islands over the years and sought India’s support to support the country’s development needs and on areas that India has technical expertise and knowledge.
These areas include training and scholarship, information and technology transfer, agriculture, renewable energy and medical support.
Meanwhile, Minister Dr S Jaishankar assured of India’s support for Solomon Islands and is looking forward for project proposals to consider based on the country’s national development needs and priorities.
He said India has its own challenges and limitations but as a developing country in the global south, India is committed to assist Solomon Islands and other developing countries.
Last week, India’s High Commissioner based in Port Moresby, PNG presented his credentials giving him the powers to represent India in Solomon Islands. This adds to the enhancing of bilateral relations between Solomon Islands and India.