London office closed

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MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs and External Trade has closed the Solomon Islands diplomatic mission in London.

Minister Jeremiah Manele confirmed this when he presented his speech on the debate into the $4 billion budget on Tuesday.

Manele said during the 2020 period and going into 2021, “we have and will continue to punch above our weight, the government has done more with less.”

He said smart and difficult decisions have been taken, one of them is the closing of the diplomatic Mission in London.

Manele said the country’s diplomatic Mission in London is now officially closed, United Kingdom is now covered from Brussels.

“We are recalling some of the Heads of Mission and reassigning them to other duties and cross posting others to vacant positions abroad.

“I can only thank all staff serving diplomats for making sacrifices and staying safe in some of the hotspots of the virus around the world,” he said.

Island Sun understands the Ministry is to appoint a new Ambassador to United Nation office in New York.