11 Jan 2012

NZ foreign minister visits Solomons to discuss RAMSI

2:39 pm on 11 January 2012

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, will discuss New Zealand's continued role in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands during talks with its co-ordinator in Honiara.

The minister has been pushing for RAMSI, which is in its ninth year, to direct its focus towards development work.

Mr McCully, who is due in Honiara today, will also use the visit to follow up on the upgrading of Munda airport as one of New Zealand's development goals in efforts to boost the economy of Western province.

He says he is first scheduled to meet Gordon Darcy Lilo, who was elected prime minister two months ago.

"It's an important first opportunity to meet with him in that capacity and meet with his key ministers, which I will be doing today and over the next two days."

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully.