SOLOMON Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare travels to the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan this Sunday on an Official Visit following an invitation by the ROC Government.
The Prime Minister and his delegation leaves New York early on Sunday morning (New York time) after successfully attending the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly last week.
While in Taipei, Prime Minister Sogavare is scheduled to meet President Tsai Ing-wen and will also be engaged in a number of official talks including discussions on the proposed construction of the 2023 Pacific Games Stadium in Honiara.
Over the past 39 years, Solomon Islands and ROC Taiwan has enjoyed cordial and mutually beneficial diplomatic relations and continue to work closely together to successfully implement a fair amount of development aid and technical cooperation programs through several signed agreements.
The Solomon Islands Government has consistently expressed in international forums and multinational meetings its strong support for Taiwan gaining membership in multilateral development agencies concerned with promoting democratic governance and protection of nations’ sovereign rights.
These includes protection of human rights, health and education, poverty alleviation, and global environment protection from climate change and its adverse effect on peoples’ right to secure and just livelihood standards.
At the UNGA on Friday 22nd September, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare called on the UN to act swiftly to address the right of Taiwan and its 23 million people to self-determination.
The Prime Minister’s delegation includes Madam Emmy Sogavare, the Minister for Education John Dean Kuku, the Minister for Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo, Special Secretary to the Prime Minister John Muria Junior and five officials from OPMC and Foreign Affairs.