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Ratu Inoke In Honiara

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with his Solomon Islands counterpart, Milner Tozaka in Honiara. Ratu Inoke, while speaking from Honiara, said in their meeting, they
08 Jan 2015 10:37
Ratu Inoke In Honiara
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (left), with his counterpart from the Solomon Islands, Milner Tozaka in Honiara yesterday after their meeting. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with his Solomon Islands counterpart, Milner Tozaka in Honiara.

Ratu Inoke, while speaking from Honiara, said in their meeting, they discussed ways of strengthening Fiji and Solomon Islands’ bilateral relations.

They also discussed how to resolve the impasse between the two countries regarding air service agreement.

“Minister Tozaka and his colleague Minister for Civil Aviation will travel to Fiji next week to try and meet Fiji Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum,” he said.

However, Ratu Inoke said he had received words from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that he would be out of the office from January 11.

He says Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation, has suggested that they meet after January 22.

There have been no direct flights between Honiara and Suva since last July.

The impasse started after Fiji, responding to Solomon Islands rejecting its request for an additional flight into Honiara, cancelled all Solomon Airlines flights to Nadi, following which Solomon Islands promptly cancelled all flights from Fiji.

Ratu Inoke said he was optimistic that the impasse between Fiji and Solomons regarding air service agreement would be finally resolved in the meeting.

Ratu Inoke’s visit is the first official visit from a member of a foreign government since the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change took office last December.

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