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Our Cuban embassy plan on track: Sisolo

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Robert Sisilo
THE Government have already allocated a budget for the proposed Solomon Islands Cuban embassy to be established in Havana.

Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Robert Sisilo told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday.

Mr Sisolo was responding to a question raised by Member of Parliament for East Honiara Douglas Ete.

Mr Sisolo said the Government has already included the proposed plan for next year’s budget.

He said a Government delegation had already left the country for New York this week and they will then travel to Havana to finalise arrangements for the embassy.

“One of its main tasks will be to look after the welfare of the Solomon Islands students studying there who have been affected financially for the past years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Shanel also left this week to attend a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed this to the Solomon Star yesterday.

Mr Shanel will then travel to New York to attend the 67th UN General Assembly (UNGA) where he is expected to meet up with Prime Minister Danny Philip.

Prime Minister Philip is expected to fly over for the UN meeting in New York next week where he is expected to meet leaders from other countries.

According to the UN website, the agendas of the meeting are:
  • high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases
  • high-level meeting on the theme “Addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”
  • World leaders general debate on global issues and
  • high-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

By DOUGLAS MARAU