SOLOMON Island is expected to attend the upcoming India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) in May.
This came after the Indian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency (H.E) Shri Inbasekar based in Port Moresby briefed the country’s envoy based in Port Moresby on Tuesday.
Following the meeting between Indian High Commissioner Inbasekar and Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG His Excellency (H.E) William Soaki, an invitation will be issued to the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) to be part of this important summit set for May.
In a statement H.E Soaki said, “had a good meeting with the Port Moresby based Indian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, H.E Shri Inbasekar this afternoon (Tuesday).”
He said, their discussion focused on the upcoming big event.
“Discussed issues regarding the upcoming Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) summit which will be held in Port Moresby on 22 May 2023,” he said.
H.E Soaki said, formal announcement and other details will be made by the PNG government in the coming weeks.
“Invitation will be send to Solomon Islands Prime Minister and other Heads of Government of Pacific island countries,” he said.
Solomon Islands ties with India continues to grow over the past year.
And this is expected to be further strengthen with the establishment of new Solomon Islands High Commission Office in New Delhi, India soon.
Both envoys have met last month to discuss the setting up of the new embassy in New Delhi.
Officials from both governments are currently working on securing an office space and accommodation for the country’s representative to be based in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is expected to open the new office.
By MOFFAT MAMU