New heads of missions for London, Suva, and Geneva appointed

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Three new Heads of Mission appointments were made by the Cabinet for Solomon Islands Overseas Missions located in Suva, Geneva, and London.

The newly established London Mission will be headed by Mr. Eliam Tangirongo, who has been appointed as High Commissioner to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr. William Soaki has been appointed as the High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji based in Suva.

Mr. Barrett Salato has been appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Office, WTO and Other International Organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland.

These three Overseas Missions are critically important for Solomon Islands and her relations with its development partners and friends.

The new London Mission is a timely establishment given the pending departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It will allow Solomon Islands to further strengthen its historical ties with the United Kingdom and open up new opportunities for development cooperation and investment for Solomon Islands. 

The Suva Mission is important to the Solomon Islands and will continue to help strengthen our ties with Fiji as well as those with the regional and international organizations based in Suva.

The Geneva Mission will continue to represent Solomon Islands interest in the fields of Trade, Human Rights, and Development.

The three appointees have the full confidence of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade and the Cabinet to represent the nation in their respective posts.

Through their appointments, the Solomon Islands Government has recognized the commitment, dedication, and integrity of Mr. Tangirongo, Mr. Soaki, and Mr. Salato. Their vast knowledge of Solomon Islands and their experience will be an asset in their work. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka, has already informed and congratulated the three appointees on behalf of the Cabinet.

The London Mission will be officially opened by the Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Nelson Houenipwela, on 21 April in London.

Source: Government Communication Unit