PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, MP sends sincere condolences on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands to the Government and People of the Kingdom of Tonga following the passing away of his Tongan counterpart, the late Hon. Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva.
In a letter signed by Prime Minister Sogavare to the Acting Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, he states,
“It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of the Late Honourable Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga on Thursday 12 September 2019. On behalf of the government and the people of Solomon Islands, we join the government and people of the Kingdom of Tonga to mourn the loss of your Prime Minister and one of the region’s most respected leaders.”
Prime Minister Sogavare further states, “I have had the pleasure of meeting the Late Prime Minister Pohiva on many occasions in regional and international meetings, the most recent being at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu just last month.”
The Prime Minister further stated, “The late Prime Minister Pohiva and I would sit next to each other during our meetings and I have always been impressed with the depth of experience and the passion with which he spoke on issues that are dear to our Blue Pacific continent such as climate change, regional security, sustainable development and human rights.”
“The late Prime Minister Pohiva was a dear friend, a colleague and a great Pacific leader whom I admire and respect. He was an icon for Pacific democracy, an advocate for appropriate solutions to the climate change challenge and a principled politician who also has a heart when discussing sensitive matters such as the human rights challenges in West Papua in his deliberations in the broader Pacific and internationally.”
Prime Minister Sogavare further conveys “the deepest and most sincere condolences “my” government and the people of Solomon Islands to the family of the Late Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva and to the government and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga at this time of sadness and bereavement.”
“May God be with you, the late Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva’s family, your government and the people of Tonga in these difficult times,” he ends.