THE Republic of India’s High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Vijal Kumar has met with the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Speaking during the meeting Mr Kumar assured Hon Sogavare on India’s continuous support in central issues to Solomon Islands.
He said Solomon Islands is an important development partner of India under the framework of South-South Cooperation.
“Among other areas, India is committed to assist Solomon Islands in human resource development and capacity building and technology,” he said.
Mr Kumar also requested support from Solomon Islands towards India in international and regional issues.
“India is looking forward to receiving Solomon Islands’ support for India’s Non-Permanent Membership for 2021-22 in the UN Security Council, and election of India’s candidate, Dr. Ramesh Chand, for the post of Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the 41st Conference of FAO to be held in Rome from 22-29 June 2019,” he said.
Mr Kumar also request support from Solomon Islands in the re-election of India to the Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the term 2019-2022 during the 40th General Assembly of ICAO in Montreal, Canada, from 24 September to 4 October 2019.
He further requested support on the election of the Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India as the External Auditor of World Health Organization (WHO) for the term 2020-2023 during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2019, and re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the 31st Session of the Assembly of the IMO in London in November-December 2019.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hon Sogavare said Solomon Islands is willing to learn from India in many areas.
Hon Sogavare said Solomon Islands has the capacity to develop technology but there is a need in the areas of scholarship and training.
He said Solomon Islands is happy to strengthen the relation with India through arrangements in the areas of interest.