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Solomon Islands PNG reaffirm bilateral cooperation

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, had a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape in the margins of the one-day Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC). Bilateral discussions covered areas on: SI-PNG security, Policing, the 2023 South Pacific Games, High Education, Trade, Cultural Exchanges/People-to-people interactions, among others. On the Development Cooperation front,...

Fiji committed to working closely with Kiribati

Fiji remains fully committed to working closely with Kiribati. This was articulated by the Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka while meeting the President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau on the margins of the 3rd FIPIC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Monday. Rabuka thanked the President for the opportunity to meet and discuss areas of further collaboration. Speaking on the re-establishment of...

Fiji and Australia strengthen Vuvale partnership

Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka held productive discussions with the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Defence Industry Pat Conroy Monday The meeting which took place at the margins of the 3rd FIPIC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, provided a fresh impetus to Fiji and Australia's Vuvale Partnership. Discussions at the meeting covered important aspects of...

Is it too late to halt deep-sea mining? Meet the activists trying to save the seabed

By Michael Segalov For almost 30 years, much of what went on at the secretive-sounding International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica was unreported and scarcely noticed. Whatever was said by delegations from its 168 member countries in its cavernous assembly hall – all mustard chairs, in-ear live interpreters, UN-style country place cards and views out to the Caribbean Sea –...

French Polynesia President says Olympic surfing will be in Tahiti

French Polynesian President Moetai Brotherson has reaffirmed the commitment to stage the Paris 2024 Olympic Games surfing events in Tahiti after the territory's Sports Minister Nahema Temarii expressed doubts. Sports Minister Temarii declared that she was considering the possibility of “revoking this commitment” in regard to Teahupo'o's scheduled hosting at the Games, as reported by Le Monde. The Minister of Housing...

“We are victims of global power play…,” PNG PM says Pacific Islands will rally behind India

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape on Monday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Pacific Islands nations consider the Indian premier as the leader of the Global South and will rally behind India's leadership at international forums. Highlighting the problems faced by Pacific Islands nations due to the Russia-Ukraine war, Marape said this while addressing the third India-Pacific...

Lockdown on Tokelau as first community case of Covid is confirmed

Tokelau has confirmed its first community case of Covid-19 and a lockdown has been imposed. A spokesperson for the government has confirmed to RNZ Pacific the small nation of three atolls announced the first-ever case on Sunday. Up until now Tokelau, which is a dependency of New Zealand, was the last remaining country along with Turkmenistan to not have experienced community...

How the Solomon Islands are a being slowly swallowed by the sea

Rising sea levels are eroding the Solomon Islands. It serves as a red flag for the global community By Nicola Smith, Asia Correspondent At first sight, Lilisiana is a picture of natural tranquillity: a small cluster of wooden thatched homes perched on stilts above the gently lapping turquoise waters along the Solomon Islands’ coastline. Louise Wale, an English teacher, has lived here...

PNG PM Marape says no laws broken in defence cooperation agreement with U.S

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has assured Papua New Guinea that no laws of the country are broken or will be required to be amended as a result of the proposed Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the United States of America. He said this in response to commentaries in international media claiming that laws of the country were...

Second Compact Review Agreement created fundamental change in Palau/U.S relationship: Farrow

The second Compact Review Agreement initialed last week by Palau Chief Compact Negotiator Kaleb Udui Jr and U.S Special Envoy Joseph Yun is the “most significant since the first Compact relationship” with the United States of America said Palau’s legal advisor Jeff Farrow. Jeff Farrow, who served as Palau’s legal advisor during the first Compact negotiation in the 1980s and...

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