Israel explores areas to help SI

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Israel’s Ambassador to the Pacific Islands Shalev-Schlosser Tibor meets with the Minister for Agiculture Augustine Auga yesterday at Heritage Park.

By Mike Puia

Israel’s Ambassador to the Pacific Islands Shalev-Schlosser Tibor meets with the Minister for Agiculture Augustine Auga yesterday at Heritage Park.

ISRAEL’s Ambassador to the Pacific Islands, Shalev- Schlosser Tibor, is currently in the country on a mission to see where Israel can help.

Ambassador Tibor is accompanied by Israel’s Advisor to the Pacific Islands, Yaron Dadon Sultan. They arrived on Monday in Honiara.

On Tuesday, Ambassador Tibor presented his credentials to the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui, at the Government House. The ceremony was witnessed by senior government officials and the Israel Consul in Solomon Islands.

Ambassador Tibor has been pleased with the welcome accorded to him and Sultan since their arrival.

In an interview yesterday, he said his coming is to promote the relationship Solomon Islands and Israel enjoy and to explore where Israel can be of help to the Solomon Islands.

Tibor said this can be in the area of health, agriculture, water and food security, gender and education.

He said this country can benefit from Israel’s vast expertise and advancement in these areas.

Ambassador Tibor said Israel values its relationship with countries in the Pacific and Solomon Islands is a special relation rooted on the bible, shared values, democracy and history.

“Even the name of this country (Solomon Islands) is very close to us and is known in Israel as a country that was named after our third king (king Solomon),” Tibor said.

Tibor, who is here on his second visit, had a tight programme in Honiara since arrival. He first came to the country as a special envoy in 2016.

Tibor looks after an office that is responsible for 10 Pacific countries. Solomon Islands is the 8th country that he has visited and presented his credentials to.

Tibor is expected to look into areas covered in his discussions here and follow them up on his return to Jerusalem.