These were the words of Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga during the Republic of China Taiwan’s Navy Squadron ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Mr Maelanga assured Taiwan that the Solomon Islands Government believed that Taiwan has fulfilled the fundamental principles and political realities of a sovereign state.
Therefore, Mr Maelanga said Taiwan must be given international space to participate and be represented fully and fairly in the affairs of all international organizations.
The Deputy Prime Minister also took the occasion to re-affirm the National Governments the cordial relationship shared between the two countries.
“Our bilateral relationship has been close and sturdy since both countries established diplomatic ties 29 years ago,” Mr Maelanga said.
He said Taiwan first established its consulate general office in Honiara in 1983.
Mr Maelanga said it was later upgraded into an embassy in September 1985.
Deputy Prime Minister Maelanga added that Taiwan has played a remarkable role in their quest in restoring peace and hope in this country.
“The Government and people of Solomon Islands continue to receive development assistance in areas such as Agriculture, Health, Education, Grant Assistance and Human Resources Development,” Mr Maelanga said.
He highlighted the nearly completed MP’s Parliament office building as one of the many development projects funded by Taiwan.
“Our bilateral relationship will always remain special and unique and I trust it will be strong despite the challenges and changes in the international front,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ceremony yesterday also saw 80 new footballs presented by the Taiwanese Navy for the development of football in the country.
Mr Maelanga said Solomon Islands as a country passionate for football; the balls will greatly assist in the development of the sport.
By DOUGLAS MARAU
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