PM receives courtesy call from New Zealand High Commissioner

The New Zealand High Commissioner says his country is committed to supporting a stable region and adds that a healthy diplomatic relationship is more important than ever as we continue to address the need for cooperation and cohesion across the region.

Prime Minister (acting), Hon. Manasseh Maelanga sent his warm greetings to New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Jonathan Schwass.

High Commissioner Jonathan Schwass made his first official visit to the Prime Minister’s Office and was met by the Acting Prime Minister as Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare was currently on tour in East Choiseul constituency.

Welcoming High Commissioner Schwass, the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development thanked New Zealand for its long history of close engagement with the Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands values ​​its friendship with New Zealand and will do everything to further strengthen the existing relationship, Acting Prime Minister Maelanga stressed.

“The government and people of the Solomon Islands thank the government and people of New Zealand for their continued cooperation and assistance in infrastructure development, education, economy, health, especially COVID 19 and other sectors.”

His Excellency Schwass meanwhile assures that one of his main priorities is to further develop the labor mobility program so that the CSR program benefits more people.

He adds, “Cooperation continues in the areas of education, youth, economic diversification and provincial connectivity, the scholarship program and the Royal Solomon Islands Police.”

“I am keen to hear SIG’s priorities and look forward to more substantive meetings with government. There is more to do. I will do my best during my tenure. »

He says New Zealand is committed to supporting a stable region and adds that a healthy diplomatic relationship is more important than ever as we continue to address the need for cooperation and cohesion across the region.

Jonathan Schwass previously served as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu. He has also served as Ambassador to Timor-Leste and Deputy High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands.

Source: GCU

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