Solomon Islands and Portugal have recently established bilateral cooperation for development between the two countries.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this part of the government's foreign policy to "strengthen dialogue and closer contacts with countries which Solomon Islands has diplomatic relations with and, to "pursue pragmatic and effective collaboration" with them.

The statement says bilateral cooperation was established through both country's respective permanent mission offices in New York.

Its initial phase involves a funding of 100-thousand US dollars towards assisting Solomon Islands medical students currently studying in Cuba.

During the exchange of notes to mark the occasion, Portugal's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jose Felipe Moraes Gabral, expressed that "the initiative of bilateral cooperation for development in the strategic field of education will strengthen further the excellent relationship between the two countries."

In response, Solomon Islands permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Collin Beck, conveyed the Solomon Islands profound appreciation to the government of Portugal.

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