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The Republic of Korea’s new ambassador to Solomon Islands, Kwak Bum-soo, has expressed much willingness to strengthen bilateral relations with the Melanesian country.
Ambassador Bum-soo said he is committed to carrying out his duties as best he can and strengthen the bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Solomon Islands by enhancing existing areas of cooperation and looking into new ones.
“We need enhanced cooperation to ensure a robust bilateral relationship. There are many new areas we can explore to achieve this goal of enhanced bilateral cooperation.
There are lots of potential to be materialised between our two countries by identifying and addressing complementary fields,” Ambassador Bum-soo further said.
He said all countries no doubt put priority on the issues of peace and security of their own, and in this regard, the South Korean government considers Solomon Islands’ invariable support for them with appreciation.
“Concerted efforts of our two peace-loving countries will contribute to expanded stability and peace of the region and world community as well as the individual nation.”
Concurring with this, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, acknowledged their ties, since gaining independence saying South Korea was one of the few countries SI first established ties with after attaining nationhood.
“Our two countries have a lot of commonalties. We share the same values and principles as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and stand in unison against things that threaten these values including world peace,” PM Sogavare said.
He added that tourism in Solomon Islands has immense potential, and this could be a new area of joint action with South Korea.
Among other agendas hoped to be developed and enriched between the countries are trade, investment and development cooperation.
His Excellency added that establishing conditions beneficial to the two countries will pave the way towards a brighter future for generations to come.