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Solomon’s PM defiant – “Show us respect”

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogovare, has asked countries to respect the sovereign interests of the nation. Picture: Twitter

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.

 

4 Comments
  1. Apani George 1 month ago
    Reply

    What is the reason for closing your embassy in 1993. May be you see Solomon Islands as nothing to you. Why the hell you’re coming back. Because of China? We don’t need your geopolitics. All we want is China to help build our country which you ignored since 1945.

    • Andrewharara 1 month ago
      Reply

      The leadership of the PM Sogavare is one of the most corrupt to date looking at the recent events starting from his re-election up to the signing of the security deal. This government is truly OUT OF CONTROL. The people need to rise up or vote them ALL OUT at the coming NGE

  2. Ulysis 1 month ago
    Reply

    Australia needs to push further good relationship with the Pacific Countries and to allow NZ & Australians pathway for investments in the Area of Down stream processing, Supermarkets and Tourism Accommodation Sectors—

    Australians investment in the Country can build the Presence of Australians in the Pacific. Taking control of the Pacific Country Economic activity is an effective way.

    China is having an upper hand influence more than Australia and NZ in the Solomon Islands, no matter China is far away because of the Many Chinese Investors that are dorminating Solomon Islands Business Sectors.

    Thus, they control the Business areas and Public service leaders including the Parliamentarians.

    The Majority of Businesses and Businessmen & women being from China is giving China a bigger influence in the Solomon Islands more than ANZ.

    Thank you.

  3. Andrewharara 1 month ago
    Reply

    The leadership of the PM Sogavare is one of the most corrupt to date looking at the recent events starting from his re-election up to the signing of the security deal. This government is truly OUT OF CONTROL. The people need to rise up or vote them ALL OUT at the coming NGE

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