Talking to Nghi who presented a letter of credential, Utu Ofagioro Kabui congratulated Vietnam on its socio-economic achievements recorded during its reform process, saying that the Solomon Islands wants to expand relations with Vietnam.
He suggested both sides should continue coordinating at international and regional forums in fields of shared concern, especially climate change and malaria.
On the occasion, Nghi paid courtesy visits to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and National Parliament Speaker Ajilion J Nasiu, and met with Ministers of the island nation.
At the meetings, he affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of high importance to friendship and cooperation with island nations in the southern Pacific Ocean, including the Solomon Islands, adding that Vietnamese leaders want to welcome high-ranking officials to Vietnam,.
The two countries should meet more on the fringe of multilateral and regional forums as the better way to foster bilateral cooperation, he told his host.
The Vietnamese diplomat and the Solomon Islands’ leaders also discussed measures to bolster cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.
Vietnam and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties in 1996. Last year’s two-way trade hit US$3.4 million.