MEXICO’S Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Eduardo Patricio Pena Haller presented his credentials to the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara yesterday.
Mr Haller expressed his excitement and determination to deepen and enhance the relation between Mexico and Solomon Islands.
He said bilateral trade has been small and steady for the last 10 years, but there is so much more that can be done to intensify relations and exchanges between the two countries.
“After a decade of diplomatic relations, not a single bilateral treaty or agreement has been signed between the Solomon Islands and Mexico, and I would like to humbly propose that we change that perspective,” Haller said.
“Through the High commission of the Solomon Islands in Australia, the government of Mexico has proposed the signing of agreements in areas such as investment protection, legal assistance, cultural and technical cooperation, protection of cultural heritage and visa suppression, just to name a few.
“Topics such as management of natural resources, environmental protection and climate change rank high among our shared priorities. I have personally set to work towards the development of projects in these areas. I look forward to establishing people to people networks in science, education and diplomacy, among others.”
Haller pledged to increase the awareness in respective business communities about enhancing trade and exploiting opportunities that are available.
“Rest assured I will do everything in my hands to foster exchanges between our peoples and our countries, building upon the foundation of trust and a friendship that spans already a decade,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sir Frank welcomed Ambassador Haller to Solomon Islands saying both countries are States that are far apart by distance, however, they come together at the United Nations to discuss and share common values and concerns.
“Indeed, there is space for us to enter into dialogue on various issues of mutual benefits to each of our two countries and peoples. Bilateral engagement is the key to further understanding and co-operation,” Sir Frank said.
“We do appreciate your willingness to be available and open to any ideas, initiatives, projects or simply expression of interests in any subject that bears mutual benefits for our countries.”