Croatia and Solomon Islands

Croatian Ambassador discusses ties with PM Acting, tourism stands to benefit


The Prime Minister Acting, Hon Manasseh Maelanga MP holds his gift of a Croatian- Made tie, shakes hand with the Croatian Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, HE Dr Damir Kusen.

THE Prime Minister Acting Hon Manasseh Maelanga, MP, has expressed interest for a Croatian Ambassador to Solomon Islands and stated the desire to enhance bilateral cooperation between Solomon Islands and Croatia.

Maelanga said that the accreditation of a Croatian Ambassador to Solomon Islands would be a step to show commitment of the two countries to forming closer bilateral ties with each other. 

He was responding during a bilateral with the Croatian Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand His Excellency Dr Damir Kusen. 

HE Dr Kusen expressed the desire to support Solomon Islands in promoting and maintaining peace and stability and mentioned how Croatia have transitioned to a stable democratic country after going through trouble 25 years ago. 

Both leaders discussed ways forward for future cooperation  that Croatia being a leader in tourism can assist in the field of education; can work together to support the Solomon Islands in tourism education.

 The Ambassador is here for the opening of a Catholic Centre in Buma, Malaita which was funded by Sr Miroslava Bradica who is the Governor of Sisters of Mercy in Croatia and built by Croatian/Australian volunteers. 

HE Dr Damir Kusen also described his stay as a privilege to visit the country, and labelling the Solomon Islands as beautiful.

“I am honoured to note that four Croatian nuns from the order of Sisters of Charity are running a charity mission in Buma, helping the local people in needs, especially young girls in their education and vocational training and to the elderly and ill people in Buma.” 

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Acting further stated that he will also encourage the Solomon Islands Embassy to Europe to work closely with the Government of Croatia to look at ways forward for the cooperation of Croatia and Solomon Islands.

The Croatian Ambassador is in the country from September 20-24, 2017.


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