22 Feb 2017

Czech Republic keen to broaden ties with Solomon Islands

7:41 am on 22 February 2017

The Czech Republic has this week expressed interest in broadening its ties to Solomon Islands.

The Prime Minsiter of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

In a courtesy meeting with Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on Tuesday the Republic's new non-resident ambassador to the country Martin Pohl singled out education and health as areas which his government was prepared to engage in cooperation.

Prime minister Sogavare welcomed the offer and reassured Mr Pohl of Solomon Islands commitment to strengthening relations between the two countries.

Mr Sogavare said Solomon Islands had many development challenges to address but said there were also many opportunities which could be developed through further cooperation.

He highlighted climate change as one of the fundamental challenges facing the region and reiterated the Pacific's call for a reduction in green house gas emissions around the world.

Solomon Islands established formal diplomatic ties with the Czech Republic in 1996.

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