NEW United States Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Her Excellency Erin Mckee reaffirmed the American Government’s commitment to the country in meeting Prime Minister Sogavare.
The Ambassador expressed her delight to meet with Hon. Sogavare during a courtesy visit to the Office of the Prime Minister last week.
Ambassador Mckee told the Prime Minister that the United States cares about the Solomon Islands and is here to stay and provide support to the Government in its developmental aspirations.
H.E Mckee expressed Solomon Islands as an important partner to the United States and reiterated that the U.S stands ready to assist the Solomon Islands in its development challenges.
“The United States is committed to working in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government to tackle the challenges in development and to help the country unlock its development potentials.
“We (U.S) will be working closely with the government to demonstrate and share some of the responsibilities in ensuring the Solomon Islands unlock some of its potentials that will benefit the people and more especially the future generations of this country,” she said.
The Ambassador further impressed that the U.S will look to the Prime Minister and his government to inform them on the ways the U.S can better focus on and to present and deliver in the best possible means the development plans for the betterment of the country.
Both leaders acknowledged the long-standing relationship that both countries have shared over the years. The two countries established diplomatic relations following Solomon Islands’ independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.
In response, Prime Minister Sogavare also expressed his gratitude for the visit and acknowledged U.S as a long-time friend of the Solomon Islands whose partnership goes a long way back.
“Welcome to the happy isles,” he expressed.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the government’s role in addressing the recommendations stipulated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
According to the Prime Minister, the decentralization of services to the Provinces will help to lessen the rate of urban drift to Honiara that the country has been experiencing.
“The U.S has an important role in keeping the peace around the world,” he said.