BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela says today Japan and the United States have forged one of the strongest bonds across all sectors.
Houenipwela says as Solomon Islands marked the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, which was fought between Japan and the USA, both countries now cooperate to advance common interests and universal values in Asia and globally.
“That is a telling factor that peace is within our reach if we allow it to prevail, and the power of reconciliation can turn adversaries into friends.
“Furthermore, Solomon Islands, which once provided a battle field for Japanese and US Allied forces, now enjoys cordial relations with both the US and Japan respectively.
“I believe the history of Honiara International Airport, truly exemplifies the linkages between history and transformative power of reconciliation and partnership.”
He said Henderson Airport, which was once a Japanese airbase and later taken over by the Allied Forces, has now became a strategic entry point for Solomon Islands to the world.
PM Hou explained that Solomon Islands and Japan have signed an agreement to upgrade the Honiara International airport with modern facilities.
WWII is history that the US and SI share – it is a story that connects our beautiful islands to the great nation of the United States of America, Hou said.
He said Solomon Islands look to welcome growing visitors in the near future, and welcome the efforts the US Government set up at the Bloody Ridge memorial site and support towards Vilu war museum.
“It is incumbent on each generation to seek out peace, freedom and prosperity, for all humanity – that is our shared responsibility and goal,” Hou said.