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British High Commissioner meets PM

10 January 2020
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and the British High Commissioner to SI Brian James Jones. [Photo Supplied]

BRITISH High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Brian James Jones has paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, OPMC, Thursday.

Mr Jones said the British Government, through his office is looking forward to working closely with Solomon Islands on important upcoming events, reports the Government Communication Unit.

He said one of the important events coming up is the UN Climate talks, 26th Conference of the Parties, COP26, which Britain and Italy will be co-hosting this year.

Jones said Britain wanted to host the COP26 on a science based approached with not so much politics to rule the day.

He said Solomon Islands and other small Pacific Islands are more vulnerable to climate change effects.

He added Solomon Islands and other Pacific Islands may have high level of ambition and a strong regional voice on the issue.

Jones also handed a letter from Britain’s Prime Minister to Prime Minister Sogavare regarding the nomination and election of the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth this year.

He wished the Prime Minister, the Government and the people of Solomon Islands, a happy and prosperous new year 2020.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare assured Mr Jones of Solomon Islands support and cooperation with Britain through the High Commission Office.

Sogavare said with regards to the upcoming COP26, Solomon Islands maybe too small, but committed to support and work with other Pacific Islands countries to have a much stronger voice in the region.

He said the government is anticipating a very busy time in the coming months especially with parliamentary meetings.

Sogavare and Jones also shared sentiments on the devastation of the bushfires in Australia and assured each other on their contacts with Australia.



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