The Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogovare, has asked countries to respect the sovereign interests of the nation.
His comments come after he confirmed the security deal between China and Solomon Islands in Parliament.
Mr Sogovare asked all of his nation’s neighbours, friends and partners to respect the sovereign interests of the Solomon Islands.
“Let me assure the people of Solomon Islands that we entered into an arrangement with China with our eyes open, guided by our national interests,” said Mr Sogavare in parliament, according to local media reports.
He said the Solomon Islands went into the agreement guided by the best interest of the nation and they knew very well what they were doing.
The deal has been subject to controversy. In Australia, the Federal Opposition as part of the current election campaign, has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government of failing to foster the relationship with the Solomon Islands.
Australia had sent top officials to convince Mr Sogovare not to pen the deal, however this was unsuccessful. Mr Morrison has stated that Australia could not force island nations to do what they did not want to.
PACNEWS reports New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called on the Solomon’s PM to walk away from the China deal.
She said the Solomon Islands had gone ahead and signed the deal without having discussions with the Pacific Islands Forum, which under the Biketawa Declaration should address matters of security together.
The United States National Security Advisor Kurt Campbell is on his way to meet with the Solomon Islands leader.
There is a feeling that this visit would see the announcement of new aid deals and perhaps the re-opening of the US Embassy in Honiara which closed doors in 1993.