AMBASSADOR Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Solomon Islands, Abdulla Al Subousi, presented his letter of credence to the Governor General, Sir David Vunagi yesterday.
Sir David Vunagi accepted the letter of credential from the non-resident ambassador and extended his warmest greetings and good health to the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Government and Peoples of UAE.
Sir David said Solomon Islands is excited about the recent developments, especially the forging of trade partnerships on the margins of the World Expo in Dubai and will continue to pursue through Ambassador Subousi, the boosting of foreign trade and investment.
He stressed that an attestation of Solomon Islands esteemed commitment to this partnership will be the establishment of an Embassy in Abu Dhabi this year.
“This will be a great opportunity to make connections, linkages for trade and investment, exploring business and labour mobility opportunities.
“Also, to progress areas of mutual interest, Solomon Islands would like to see a structured bilateral discussion to further advance our engagement.
The Governor General acknowledged the leading role played by the UAE in fostering high-quality sustainable development in the face of a complex and stern international environment.
He said the UAE has risen up to the challenges, not only for its own economy but for the world, including the Pacific Islands.
“Allow me here Excellency, to acknowledge the provision of technical assistance to Solomon Islands through your Pacific Programme and our bilateral engagements, particularly during the recent World Expo in Dubai,” Sir David said.
Sir David said most notable was the UAE’s leading role in championing Renewable Energy, including the key role it played in the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and its leadership in hosting the upcoming COP28.
“This is a testimony to your commitment to a cleaner world that will benefit future generations,” he added.
Sir David said he has the utmost confidence in Ambassador Abdulla Al Subousi as a seasoned diplomat to continue strengthening Solomon Islands and UAE’s bilateral relations.
“Solomon Islands looks forward to closely working with your government on the basis of our mutual respect and peaceful co-existence and cooperation.
“Finally, Your Excellency, let me close by wishing you prosperity and success in your tenure as the Non-Resident Ambassador to Solomon Islands,” Sir David remarked.
In presenting his letter of credence, Ambassador Subousi conveyed the warmest greetings od the UAE President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the Governor General.
He stressed that as desired by the President, his mission would be focused on developing the bilateral relations between UAE and Solomon Islands.
Ambassador Abdulla Al Subousi, was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of UAE to Australia on May 20, 2019.
Prior to his current assignment, he was the Consul General of UAE in Los Angeles covering the West Coast.
Ambassador Abdulla Al Subousi was also the Director of the American and Pacific Affairs Section, holding a title of Ambassador at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.