PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has thanked the outgoing Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Solomon Islands HE Fred Yakasa for his dedication and service to the country.
Yakasa on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to formally bid farewell to the Prime Minister and the Government of Solomon Islands at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.
The Prime Minister thanked Yakasa highlighting the excellent work he has done during the past 4 years 7 months in progressing the mutual relationship between PNG and Solomon Islands.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Solomon Islands, I wish you well in your future endeavor,” he said.
The outgoing high commissioner in response thanked the Government and people of Solomon Islands for being good hosts for him and his family.
“I have learnt a lot from the Solomon Islands and its people and I will depart with fond memories,” he said.
Yakasa said a new high commissioner has already been appointed to replace him.
The outgoing PNG envoy also reiterated the strong ties between the Solomon Islands and PNG as true Melanesian brothers.