SINGAPORE’S ambassador to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Verghese Matthews has paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela today.
Mr Matthews is currently in the country to attend the Solomon Islands 40th anniversary celebrations on behalf of the Singapore Government.
During his brief meeting with the Prime Minister, Matthews has reaffirmed Singapore’s friendship with the Solomon Islands.
“We are friends of the Solomon Islands,” he said.
Matthews has also briefly shared the fascinating story of Singapore’s post-independence era and the challenges and successes Singapore encountered as a nation.
“Singapore had a philosophy that was focused on training its human resources for development,” he said.
The ambassador also assured the Prime Minister of Singapore’s continuous support for pacific island nations at the international level.
Houenipwela in response has welcomed and thanked Matthews for visiting the country.
The Prime Minister also stressed that Singapore’s success story was a fascinating one.
Matthews also presented books to the Prime Minister as gifts.