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Solomons-New Zealand meeting 'significant' - Pacific security expert

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Solomon Islands says consultation between Pacific nations could be improved, ahead of a foreign affairs bilateral meeting in New Zealand.


The Solomons' Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele sat down with his Aotearoa counterpart Nanaia Mahuta in Wellington this morning.


Pacific Security expert Anna Powles said Mahuta would be looking to solidify bilateral relations between the two nations after intense geopolitical scrutiny over the Solomons-Beijing security pact.


"There'll certainly be a sense that New Zealand needs to ensure it has strong, robust and open channels of communication with the Solomon Islands going forward in the relationship," Powles said.


News of a draft security agreement between China and Solomon Islands caught the New Zealand government by surprise in March.


Speaking at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington)'s law school Tuesday night, Manele reiterated the Solomon Islands' "friends to all, enemies to none" policy.


"We work with any partner that gives us a fair go," he said.


However, he did say consultation in the Pacific region could be improved.


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