SOLOMONS, BOTSWANA ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES

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African nation is Solomon’s 54th ally

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 18, 2010) – Solomon Islands yesterday established diplomatic ties with the African nation of Botswana.

This came as the country’s High Commissioner to Australia Beraki Jino signed a Joint Communiqué with his Botswana counterpart Molosiwa Selepeng in Canberra.

[PIR editor’s note: Beraki Jino, the former Solomon Islands Ambassador to the Republic of China, Taiwan, is currently Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia. Molosiwa Selepeng is Botswana’s High Commissioner to Australia.]

Mr. Jino said the occasion marks a step forward towards developing closer and shared interests between the two countries.

"The singing of the Joint Communiqué is an affirmation of the longstanding friendship and co-operation, which the two countries have enjoyed over the years as members of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, he said. I have had the opportunity and privilege or serving with distinguished diplomats from Botswana while in New York and Brussels. We collaborated on many issues which our two countries and other like-minded countries have in common. I am confident that the formalization of our relationship today will no doubt strengthen our resolve to further pursue our common goals and shared interests not only at the bilateral level but at international organizations and forums as well," Mr. Gino said.

The two High Commissioners assured each other of close working relationship and pledge to work towards achieving a warm and enduring relationship.

"The fact that the brand new Botswana High Commission Chancery and soon to be completed Solomon Islands High Commission Chancery are located next to each other makes it more convenient for the two High Commissions to work closely."

The Solomon Islands High Commission Chancery is now scheduled for completion in early April 2011.

The signing of the Joint Communiqué was held at the Botswana High Commission.

Witnessing the signing were members of staff of both High Commissions, including invited Solomon Islands guests, Fr. Anderson Saefoa and Ashley Wickham.

With the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Botswana, Solomon Islands now have diplomatic relations with 54 countries.

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