Vanuatu Prime Minister Pays Courtesy Call To Solomon Islands

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PMs Lilo, Carcasses discuss historical close ties, strengthening MSG

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 29, 2013) – Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has highlighted the importance of strengthening the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and its visions.

Mr Lilo told his Vanuatu Counterpart Moana Carcasses Kalosil when the Vanuatu Prime Minister paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister’s Office last Friday.

Prime Minister Lilo said it was important that MSG countries stand as a strong regional group in the region to help the plight of the Melanesian people.

Mr Lilo also said that Vanuatu and Solomon Islands also share close ties through their ancestors who have connections to people from Solomon Islands.

"I believe through these connections both countries could build more tangible programs to help facilitate trade between two countries," he said.

Prime Minister Lilo also informed his counterpart that the Government was now in the process of upgrading two airports in Temotu Province that could open up links between the two countries.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Kalosil in response also sounded similar sentiments that MSG should stand as a blueprint in the region.

Mr Kalosil also highlighted the need to strengthen trade ties between the two countries.

"Vanuatu will always be a friend and brother to Solomon Islands," the Vanuatu Prime Minister said.

Mr Kalosil has also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Lilo to visit Port Vila.

Meanwhile, the Vanuatu Prime Minister has congratulated the Government and people of Solomon Islands on the RAMSI 10th anniversary celebrations.

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