Israeli envoy meets PM, offers assistance to SI

THE Government of Israel has offered to provide assistance to Solomon Islands in education and health.

This came about following a meeting between the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela and the Israeli Ambassador to the Pacific Island States, Tibor Shalev Schlosser, at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet on Tuesday this week.

The Israeli Ambassador made the offer after the Prime Minister briefly informed him of some of the challenges faced across different sectors in the country.

Mr Schlosser in response said the Israeli Government stands willing to help provide fully funded scholarships to undergo training in Israel.

“Israel can provide training in the areas for medical doctors, agriculture, health and also women empowerment,” he said.

The Ambassador also offered to help in the areas of climate change and health whereby Israel can also send doctors to Solomon Islands to assist in our medical centres.

The Prime Minister has assured the Ambassador that Solomon Islands is willing to take up the opportunity.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Solomon Islanders especially when Israel is opening its doors to become a learning hub for Solomon Islanders,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has acknowledged the cordial relationship shared by Solomon Islands and Israel.

Prime Minister Houenipwela said he hopes to further strengthen the relationship and look at other opportunities where both countries can further enhance their bilateral relations.

“Solomon Islands has always been a supporter of Israel,” the Prime Minister said.

The Ambassador also took the opportunity to congratulate the Prime Minister on his election in November last year.

Ambassador Schlosser also presented a congratulatory letter from the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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