Australian Minister Strengthening Ties: Keynote Address at Solomon Islands National University

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Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy, commenced his official visit to Honiara with productive discussions alongside Solomon Islands’ ministers on matters of mutual interest.

Minister Conroy engaged in bilateral meetings with several key figures during his first day in the capital city, strengthening the longstanding partnership between the two nations.

The meetings with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele emphasised the significance of the Solomon Islands-Australia economic and security alliance. Both sides lauded the collaboration’s positive impact, contributing to job creation and economic prosperity for the Solomon Islands and its people.

“Australia and Solomon Islands are strong security, development and economic partners,” the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) stated.

Security cooperation between the two countries was highlighted during Minister Conroy’s meeting with Minister of Police, National Security, and Correctional Services, Anthony Veke. They discussed joint efforts to enhance regional security and stability, particularly through the Solomons’ International Assistance Force.

Given Australia’s longstanding support for the development of the Solomon Islands, Minister Conroy took the opportunity to learn more about the government’s development priorities in a meeting with Minister of National Planning and Development Coordination Rexon Ramofafia.

The Australian Minister’s keynote address at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) was a standout moment during the visit. He eloquently discussed the historical relationship between Australia and the Solomon Islands, highlighting their enduring partnership. 

“Australia is Solomon Islands’ largest bilateral donor, and we are re-shaping our efforts in response to COVID‑19. Since the withdrawal of RAMSI in 2017, Australia has provided over $800 million through our development program in justice, health, education, agriculture, governance, gender, and security,” DFAT stated.

Minister Pat Conroy’s visit to Honiara signifies Australia’s continued commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties and promoting mutual prosperity in the Pacific region. 

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