Malaysia’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands has presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General.
Jilid Kuminding replaces former High Commissioner Datin Seri Blanche Olbery.
He presented his letters of credence to Governor General Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara last Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, High Commissioner Kuminding said Malaysia and Solomon Islands belong to the Asia-Pacific region which share common ideals and aspirations.
He added that the friendship between the two countries has been nurtured and strengthened through years of common membership at the United Nations and the Commonwealth.
The Malaysian envoy also said his country is supportive of Solomon Islands aspiration to strengthen ties and deepen cooperation with Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Governor General Sir Frank Kabui has welcomed the Malaysian envoy to Solomon Islands and expressed his condolences over the loss of lives in accidents involving of two Malaysian Airlines planes recently.
Jilid Kuminding, who is based in Papua New Guinea, presented his letters of credence to Sir Frank last Thursday.
He told the Malaysian High Commissioner, Solomon Islands is sad at the loss of lives and property in respect of Flight MH370 and Flight MH 17 and share with the people of Malaysia in their sadness and loss.
Sir Frank said Solomon Islands appreciate the assistance that Malaysia has rendered to Solomon Islands under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program.
He added that the recent opening of Solomon Islands diplomatic mission in Kuala Lumpur will enhance channels for connectivity between the two countries.