SOLOMON ISLANDS TO OPEN COMMISSION IN FIJI

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Suva has high concentration of Solomon islanders

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Aug. 13, 2008) - Solomon Islands government has indicated it will soon open up a High Commission office in Fiji.

Work on setting up the Solomon Islands High Commission office has been progressing well, according to the under secretary of the Ministry of foreign affairs, Seda Fifi΄i.

In an interview with the National Express, Mr. Fifi΄i stated that additional budgetary support provided by the government has paved the way forward for the establishment of the office.

Fifi΄i said the establishment of the office would bring the government closer, not only to the government and people of Fiji, but also to all the major donor agencies located in Suva.

He also highlighted that Suva has one of the highest concentrations of Solomon Islanders living abroad.

"This would require an embassy to cater for the needs of Solomon Islanders living, studying and working in Fiji’s capital, Suva,” Fifi΄i said.

The Solomons High Commission office is expected to be operational within the next few months in Fiji.

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