Prime minister Sogavare reassures 'no foreign military base' on Solomon Islands
(MENAFN) Solomon Islands’ Premier Manasseh Sogavare on Thursday stressed his Australian equivalent that his nation is not going to permit any foreign military installation.
Sogavare reached on an official trip to Canberra for two-sided discussions where he was greeted by Premier Anthony Albanese.
ABC News recited Sogavare as stating throughout his gathering with Albanese that “Prime minister, I reiterate again that Solomon Islands will never be used for foreign military installations or institutions of foreign countries because this will not be in the interest of Solomon Islands and its people.”
Solomon Islands inked a security agreement with China in April, sparking condemnation from Washington as well as its associates Australia, Japan as well as New Zealand. Washington demanded that China is targeting to launch a military base there.
Beijing and Solomon Islands have discharged claims by the US and its associates.
"My government's legacy is to safeguard the future of Solomon Islands and its people, not endanger the country and its citizens or the security of any forum country," he also stated.
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