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Peter Dutton ‘very happy’ to support Labor government on Pacific policy ahead of regional meeting

Opposition leader Peter Dutton will offer both sides support to the new Labor government on South Pacific policy amid tensions with the Solomon Islands.
Mr Dutton emphasized the importance of the region in Australia.
“I met with the leaders to the extent that we could during COVID, most of it obviously normally,” the former defense minister told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
“I was friends, I met with the delegations and I talked to the leaders of the Pacific islands during my time in parliament, and I am very, very eager to continue this relationship, to build this relationship, to offer support to both parties. “

“So I would be very happy to support the government in any way.”

Senator Hon Penny Wong, met with Manasseh Sogavare, and the Ministers, and exchanged gifts.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare gave a gift to Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong ahead of their meeting in Honiara. Credit: DFAT

The Solomon Islands criticized Australia’s reaction when the country signed a security agreement with China in April.

Details of the park have yet to be made public, however suggests the deal includes provisions for Chinese naval ships to dock at the Solomon Islands and for Chinese police to be deployed to the nation in case of a riot.
Australia expresses concern over Beijing’s establishment of military base in Solomon Islands .

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The Pacific leader was insulted by the comments, and while he did not mention Australia by name, he said his government had treated him as a kindergarten student. who needed to be supervised.
In a bid to mend ties, new Foreign Minister Penny Wong visited Honiara last week and met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
Senator Wong said he knew or a continuing Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands.

The Foreign Minister has visited the Pacific three times, visiting five nations since taking office last month, in a bid to restore relations ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in mid-July.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed that he will attend the regional meeting, as will Mr Sogavare, giving the two leaders a chance to meet face to face for the first time.
Ten Pacific nations last month refused a regional security and trade agreement with China at a meeting of foreign ministers in Fiji.
China has promised to amend and continue to pursue an agreement throughout the region, while trying to build influence in the region. Something that will undoubtedly be on the agenda of the forum meeting.

With AAP

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