“Our government recognizes Papua province as part of the Republic of Indonesia,” the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Islands, Mr. George Hiek told Papua Province Secretary, Elia Loupatty.
The government of the Solomon Islands recognize Papua as part of Indonesia. Therefore, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Islands, Mr. George Hiek said that his government regretted the existence of Papuan separatist groups or OPM in Papua.
Mr. George Hiek’s visit to Papua was to explore the possibilities for cooperation in education and to study the border management.
He is especially interested in the border cooperation between PNG and Indonesia, which benefiting peoples who live around the border.
In his visit, Mr. Hiek also discussed the student exchange program between Solomon Islands and Indonesia, particularly Papua.