Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela paid a courtesy visit to the Prince of Wales and the heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles, at Clarence House in London on Tuesday.
During the visit, the Prime Minister informed Prince Charles of issues affecting Solomon Islands and other small island states in the Commonwealth such as climate change, sea level rise and sustainable fisheries.
Prince Charles welcomed Prime Minister Houenipwela’s brief on the steps Solomon Islands and other Pacific Island countries have taken to protect sea resources and monitor fishing in the Pacific.
Prince Charles congratulated Solomon Islands for winning its first ever medal at the Commonwealth Games, and he told the Prime Minister he hopes to visit Solomon Islands in the near future.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Houenipwela will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the Commonwealth leaders while in London.
The Prime Minister will attend Her Majesty the Queen’s opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace during which Queen Elizabeth II is expected to meet with Commonwealth leaders.
Prime Minister Houenipwela will also officially open Solomon Islands’ diplomatic office in London later this week.