Solomon Islands to work with Lanka on regional security

kutila_pinto_fm_tozaka_200_200The Solomon Islands is keen to work with Sri Lanka on regional security, the Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Milner Tozaka said.

He said this at a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands Kutila Pinto.

Minister Tozaka congratulated Pinto’s appointment saying Solomon Islands looked to cooperate with Sri Lanka on issues of trade, investment, climate change, disaster management, sports, people-to-people diplomacy and regional security.

“Being the second formal diplomatic representative of Sri Lanka in Honiara since diplomatic ties were established on the 3rd of July, 2013; I laud both countries on seeking to improve relations through your appointment.

“Mr Pinto, our countries being members of the Commonwealth, I believe that it is necessary to not only strive to strengthen bilateral and multilateral collaboration, but also share our development experiences.

“Furthermore, I encourage you to keep the line of dialogue between our countries open,” Minister Tozaka said in at statement on Tuesday.

Kutila Pinto, who is also currently the executive director of Pan Oceanic Bank, has extensive experience in different industry sectors, local and international markets and cultures.

In thanking Minister Tozaka, Pinto said he will be working towards procuring necessary skills, technical assistance and potential business investment from Sri Lanka with the assistance of his High Commission in Canberra to develop a framework to work on the areas if tourism development, development in coconut and related industries and enhancing technical and skill sets of Solomon Islander who are interested in becoming banking and finance professionals.

“I also take this opportunity to thank you the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Hon. Milner Tozaka for you support and continuous development of diplomatic relationship with Sri Lanka,” Pinto said. (Colombo Gazette)

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