1 Apr 2011

Australia appoints new high commissioner to Solomon Islands

4:09 pm on 1 April 2011

Australia's next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands will be Matthew Anderson who is expected to take up the position in May.

Mr Anderson will replace Frank Ingruber who has been High Commissioner since May 2009.

The Solomon Star reports Australia's Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, made the announcement yesterday.

Mr Anderson has a strong background in Pacific island affairs and speaks Pijin.

He was most recently Australia's High Commissioner to Samoa.

He has also served in Papua New Guinea, and South Africa, and was the chief negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville.