Foreign Minister Clay Forau Soalaoi. Photo credit: SIBC.

Foreign Minister Clay Forau Soalaoi. Photo credit: SIBC.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Hon. Clay Forau Soalaoi has joined his Pacific Islands Colleagues in Istanbul from June 7-8 to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between Turkey and the Pacific’s Small Islands Developing States, SIDS.

The talks were held between Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers and their Turkish counterpart.

Solomon Islands has a growing cooperation with Turkey who provided direct assistance to Solomon Islands during the recent April Floods.

Early this year, Turkey has assisted one of our Provincial Hospitals with transportation.

Solomon Island also signed a broader cooperative Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with Turkey in November last year.

Solomon Islands is currently covered from the Turkish Embassy in Canberra.

Minister Forau and Permanent Secretary Beraki Jino are expected back in the country on Friday June 13.

Meanwhile, Pacific Island countries welcome Turkey’s offer to train Pacific disaster teams in Turkey.

Turkey and Pacific Foreign Ministers further agreed to form a working group to address issues of common concerns in preparation for the G20 meeting to be hosted in Turkey next year.

Turkey has also offered similar outreach on disaster risk management as it will be hosting the first ever humanitarian summit in 2016.

It will follow up bilateral discussions with Solomon Islands at the Pacific Islands development forum schedule for mid June in Suva, Fiji.

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