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Solomon Islands PM to visit Australia

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, will welcome Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Jeremiah Manele, to Australia from Sunday 23 to Saturday 29 June.

It will be Prime Minister Manele’s first official international visit since taking office in May 2024.

Mr Albanese said Australia and Solomon Islands were close friends with connected futures.

“I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Manele to Australia for his first international visit, following Solomon Islands’ historic joint elections in April,” said the Australian PM.

“We highly value our position as Solomon Islands’ partner of choice.

“My Government is committed to listening and working with Solomon Islands as equals, and to discussing how we can deepen our partnership into a new era of cooperation.”

Prime Minister Albanese and Prime Minister Manele will meet at Parliament House, where they will discuss opportunities to further strengthen the bilateral relationship, including through security partnerships, economic development, labour mobility pathways and infrastructure cooperation.

Prime Minister Manele will also travel to Queensland, where he will see how the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme is delivering economic benefits for both Solomon Islands and Australia and discuss humanitarian and policing cooperation.

The visit will be the second time the leaders have met, with Prime Minister Albanese and Prime Minister Manele both attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in November 2023.

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