That when given a huge opportunity to stand in a global spot light and to make important statements, we, the Solomons, choose to grab a soap box and make noises like a slightly mad, street corner preacher… or worse… a puppet on a string…
PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo calls on the United States of America (USA) to immediately lift the economic and trade embargo against Cuba.
Cuba, US’s neighbour, has been providing scholarships for Solomon Islands medical students to study in Cuba.
A Good number of Solomon Islands students are there studying medicine.
Mr Lilo expressed appreciation to the Cuban Government for the assistance.
“I thank the Government and people of Cuba for the support provided to our medical students.
“We join the international community in calling for the immediate lifting of the US economic and trade embargo against Cuba.
“Solomon Islands encourage the US to respect the good neighborly principle.”
Meanwhile the Prime Minister urges the United Nations to engage Taiwan in efforts to advance sustainable development.
He said the NCRA Government recognised Taiwan’s flexibility, moderate and rational foreign policy which he said continues to promote friendly cross-strait relations.
Mr Lilo added that his government also supports Taiwan’s participation in the UN system.
“Solomon Islands continues to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system, including its aspirations to be a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and UNFCCC.
“Although not a member of ICAO, Taiwan manages more than a million flights, 40 million passengers per annum.
“Similarly, Taiwan is the 22nd largest emitter of greenhouse gas but it is not a member of UNFCCC.
“I firmly believe that it is our shared responsibility to engage Taiwan in our efforts to advance sustainable development and address climate change.”