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Foreign Minister Penny Wong continues Pacific push with upcoming visit to Solomon Islands

Foreign Minister Penny Wong will visit the Solomon Islands on the Albanian government’s first visit to the Pacific nation since. .
He will meet with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday, and the visit comes together. .
The trip also adds to becomes his third trip to the Pacific since being sworn in last month.
He will also visit New Zealand to hold talks with his counterpart, New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.
Senator Wong said Australia was committed to deepening cooperation with Solomon Islands on sharing challenges such as climate change.
“I look forward to discussing how we can continue to make progress on pandemic recovery, economic development and worker mobility priorities, and address our shared security interests,” he said.
Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States have expressed concern that Beijing may establish a military presence in the Pacific, although Mr Sogavare has denied the park would allow a military base.

The regional agreement has raised concerns among Australia and its allies, who argue regional security should remain in the “Pacific family” mission.

China also sought to establish a security and trade agreement with the 10 Pacific island nations.
The issues will be discussed at next month’s Pacific Island Forum leaders’ meeting in Suva, several island nations said.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Mr. Sogavare in Honiara last month as part of a trip to the eight Pacific nations, and agreed to deepen cooperation between China and the Solomon Islands in fisheries, mining, infrastructure and trade.
Mr. Wang said security parks and Solomon Islands would improve police and protect Chinese citizens and institutions.

“China supports the Pacific island countries in strengthening security cooperation and working together to address regional security challenges,” he said during the visit.

New Zealand is working towards its own maritime security plan with Solomon Islands.
New Zealand Defense Minister Peeni Henare met with Solomon Islands National Security Minister Anthony Veke at the Shangri-La Dialogue – a security meeting held in Singapore over the weekend.
Mr. Henare told the Newsroom that maritime safety is a top priority for Solomon’s delegation.
“That was the number one theme of our conversation, so I said,‘ Well, how do we help? ’, And that was the creation of my work plan just described,” Mr Henare was quoted as saying. of.
“It simply came to our notice then [China] I knew our position on making the Pacific safe, secure, and supporting the independence of these sovereign nations in the Pacific, and I have made that point very clear on several occasions. “

With AAP and Reuters.

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