H.E Mr Yasuhiro Morimoto, the new Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands paid a courtesy call to the Hon. Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare on Thursday 30 July 2020 following the presentation of his Credentials to H.E the Governor General, Sir David Vunagi earlier that day.
Ambassador Morimoto commended the Prime Minister for his leadership during these challenging times and in particular for ensuring Solomon Islands is still free of COVID-19. In this regard, he also commended the professionalism of our front-line workers that looked after him and others that arrived from overseas on the same flight and through out the period of quarantine in the country.
Ambassador Morimoto thanked the Prime Minister for the strong support his government continues to enjoy from Solomon Islands at the international fora, in particular in relation to the support given to their candidates in key international roles. He also thanked the Prime Minister for the support accorded to the retrieval of the remains of Japanese soldiers who died during the war in Solomon Islands.
Ambassador Morimoto reaffirmed his government’s strong commitment to work with and assist the Solomon Islands government realize the benefits of several major infrastructure projects including the Honiara International Airport upgrade and the upgrade of the Kukum Highway right up to the airport. He emphasized they have taken note of the 2023 Pacific Games and intend to have both these transformative projects completed in time for the games.
Ambassador Morimoto also reaffirmed Japan’s support to the Solomon Islands government’s efforts to combat COPVID-19 through supply of equipment and support systems, as well as its broader support through a concessional loan facility. He further advised that his government stands ready to have further discussions on other urgent areas of need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Solomon Islands.
Finally, Ambassador Morimoto invited Prime Minister Sogavare to the 2021 Pacific Leaders meeting that is being hosted by the Japanese Prime Minister in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Sogavare welcomed Ambassador Morimoto, highlighting the long-standing cordial and friendly relations between Solomon Islands and Japan since the country’s Independence 42 years ago. The Prime Minister reflected that Japan was one of the countries Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations right from its very first Independence Day.
Prime Minister Sogavare conveyed his sincere appreciation on behalf of his government and the people of Solomon Islands for the contributions Japan has provided to Solomon Islands, many of which are visible through major infrastructure development that are helping Solomon Islands to grow.
The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of Pacific Games 2023 with its role in unifying the nation. He acknowledged with appreciation the commitment by the government of Japan to complete the two major projects in the lead-up to the 2023 Pacific games.
Prime Minister Sogavare thanked the Ambassador for the support provided by the government and people of Japan to assist Solomon Islands in its fight against COVID-19. Prime Minister Sogavare wished Ambassador Morimoto well in his new role as Japan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands and looks forward to working closely with him and his government for the mutual goals shared by the two countries.