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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 26) – The South Korean Government has formally opened its Consular Office in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1979.

Papua New Guinea-based South Korean Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Sang Yoon Pak, officially cut the ribbon yesterday in the presence of Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurie Chan and senior government officials.

The Korean Consular Office is housed at the Hyundai building in Central Honiara and will be headed by the South Korean Solomon Islands Honorary Consular Mr. Durk-Kee Kim.

Mr. Chan is excited about the opening of the consulate in Solomon Islands. He said that the office is a sign of further strengthening the friendship between the two countries.

Mr. Pak has held diplomatic meetings with government officials and heads of various government departments during his visit this week.

He also traveled to Vela La Vela Island in the Western Province yesterday to visit a Korean Logging Company there.

January 27, 2006

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