25 Jan 2017

Solomon Islands will continue to push for Taipei at UN

2:31 pm on 25 January 2017

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare says his country will continue to support Taiwan's bid for international recognition at the United Nations.

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare

Manasseh Sogavare Photo: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Mr Sogavare was welcoming Taiwan's new ambassador to the Solomons, Roger Luo.

The prime minister described Taiwan as a true friend to Solomon Islands for standing by it in its time of need including during the ethnic tensions.

He said the relationship could only grow stronger.

Mr Sogavare said Solomon Islands was not afraid to speak for Taiwan at the UN.

Taipei has agreed to fund a new stadium for the 2023 Pacific Games to be held in Solomon Islands and Mr Luo said a construction firm had been identified.

A permanent Taiwanese embassy in Honiara was also being planned.

Solomon Islands is one of 20 members of the UN which recognise Taipei which lost its seat to China at the UN in 1971.

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