Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown receives a gift from his Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, Solomon Islands, yesterday. Solomon Islands Government/23112640
Prime Minister Mark Brown paid a courtesy call on Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his visit to Honiara to witness the Pacific Games.
Among other things, Brown briefed Sogavare, who did
not attend the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting held
earlier this month in Rarotonga, on the outcomes.
a statement yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “Today was a great opportunity
for me to drop by the Pacific Games on our way to COP28 in Dubai, and brief
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on the outcomes of PIFlM52.”
also wanted to congratulate PM Sogavare and his country for hosting such a
wonderful Games. The venues are outstanding, and our team is being well looked
after at their village.
you tumus to our Solomon Islands wantoks!”
discussed and agreed on by PIF leaders included 2050 Strategy for the Blue
Pacific Continent-Implementation Plan and Review of the Regional Architecture,
climate change and resilience, nuclear and legacy issues, gender equality,
fisheries and economic development. Also included in the discussions by the PIF
leaders was the PIF representation in the United States of America.
a statement, the Solomon Islands PM’s Office said Sogavare acknowledged Brown’s
arrival in the country and praised his counterpart for holding the chairmanship
role of the Pacific Islands Forum.
added that Brown’s decision to provide update on the conclusions of PIF leaders
meeting in Cook Islands is a further demonstration of the true Pacific way of
“tok-stori” (talanoa) on matters pertinent to the Forum’s member countries.
expressed Solomon Islands support for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum
Leaders Communique, and the continuous support for the implementation of the
2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
stated that Solomon Islands is aware of the array of interests by major powers
in the Pacific region and while challenges come with it, there are
opportunities as well for the Forum countries to advance their development
needs in collaborations with traditional and new partners.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister welcomed other endorsements by PIF leaders which
include the Pacific Resilience Facility and Climate Mobility Framework.
country’s stance on ALPS treated water Fukushima issue, remains the same where
the country expressed reservations about Japan’s decision to discharge nuclear
waste water,” the Solomon Islands PM’s Office said.
Sogavare added that as coastal countries Solomon Islands is concerned about the
acidity levels in our oceans which has reached critical threshold.”
Islands also encouraged effort to strengthen regional unity and solidarity, expressing
that the Suva agreement and proposed review of the Regional Architecture will
work to that direction to strengthen regional cooperation.
his closing remarks, PM Sogavare wished the Cook Islands sporting contingent
all the best in their remaining games and wished PM Brown a warm Solomon
Islands hospitality as he attends the 2023 Pacific Games.