IRELAND’S new Ambassador to Solomon Islands his Excellency Breandán O’Caollai has presented his credentials to the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara yesterday.
The Irish diplomat has expressed confidence of representing his government in Solomon Islands, saying his country enjoys very strong feelings of solidarity with the people of Solomon Islands.
Mr O’ Caollai hopes to build the ties between his country and Solomon Islands, based on common aspirations in areas such as climate change and cooperation at the United Nations.
“I hope during my time as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands I will help consolidate and build on the ties between our two great nations. In so doing, I hope and trust that I can call on and receive the assistance and goodwill of your Government.
“For my part, I will strive to be worthy of the confidence which the Government of Ireland has shown in entrusting me with this very important mission,” he added.
With regards to the United Nations, the Government of Ireland is seeking Solomon Islands’ support towards its candidacy for the UN Security Council.
“Ireland would greatly appreciate the support of the Solomon Islands in the election for the Security Council where we would ensure the voice of all Small Island Development States is heard and amplified in that crucial United Nations chamber,” O’Caollai.
Sir Frank welcomed Ambassador O’Caollai to Solomon Islands, saying that both countries are Island States that are far apart by distance but the people of both countries are part of humanity on planet earth.
Sir Frank said Solomon Islands appreciate Ireland’s role in 2017 at United Nations in helping to raise the voice of Small Island States in terms of climate change and other development aspirations such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Your candidature for the United Nations Security Council is noted. The voice of Small Islands States in this forum is important to us. We hope you are successful in your bid,” Sir Frank said.
Ambassador O’Caollai is scheduled to meet other Government Ministers and Officials during his stay in Honiara this week.
–GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT