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Solomons Refuses Port Call by US Coast Guard Ship – AP

The Solomon Islands government did not respond to a US request for permission for a Coast Guard vessel, conducting a patrol to prevent illegal fishing, to re-provision on a scheduled port call


The Solomons refused to permit a US Coast Guard vessel to dock for refueling this week, sparking more concern about its ties with western allies.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Chinese premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony in Beijing in 2019. The PM's close ties with China is an issue of concern in the Solomons, as well as the wider Pacific region. Photo: Reuters.

 

The Solomon Islands government did not respond to a US request for permission for a Coast Guard vessel, conducting a patrol to prevent illegal fishing, to refuel and re-provision on a scheduled port call, AP has reported, noting that the incident comes amid concern about the island nation’s signing of a security pact with China.

Unable to get clearance, the vessel diverted to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea after taking part in Operation Island Chief, which monitors fishing activities in the Pacific and ended on Friday, the report said, adding that a Coast Guard official sought to play down the incident.

Read the full report: AP News.

NOTE: This report was amended on August 30, 2022 to remove additional details from other sources.

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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