13 Aug 2013

Indonesia says Solomon Islands PM impressed with Papua

1:23 pm on 13 August 2013

The prime minister of Solomon Islands Gordon Darcy Lilo says he is impressed with progress he's seen in Indonesia's Papua.

Mr Lilo has been in Indonesia since Sunday and Antara News reports he made the comments meeting the president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in West Java.

Mr Lilo is the first Solomon Islands prime minister to visit Indonesia.

The agency reports a presidential special aide for foreign relations, Teuku Faizasyah, as saying the Solomon Islands delegation has witnessed the serious efforts made by the Indonesian government to develop Papua.

He said the visit has opened their eyes to the Indonesian government's serious commitment to improving regions like Papua and they could help stop the spread of negative information.

Solomon Islands and Indonesia work together in the fields of energy, fishing, development, media and culture, and trade has increased on average by 17 percent over the last five years.