Rethink for Solomons diplomatic missions

Rethink for Solomons diplomatic missions

Rethink for Solomons diplomatic missions

Posted 9 September 2008, 10:54 AEST

The Solomon Islands' heads of overseas missions have agreed that the country should only have offices in countries where Solomons has economic and political interests.

The country's top diplomats reiterated this stand during a consultative meeting in Honiara.

Solomon Islands has limited capacity and financial resources to establish trade and diplomatic offices overseas.

It has, in the past, had difficulties maintaining it's few overseas offices.

The government in Honiara says it has a 'look north' policy, aimed at developing aid with Asian countries.

Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Barnabas Anga, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program no foreign offices will be downgraded or closed.

"That's not the implication - we are coming from a context where we are trying to rebuild relations with countries who we believe can assist economically, where we can grow the economy," Mr Anga said.