The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs today visited the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) at the Guadalcanal Beach Resort in east Honiara as part of his three-day visit to the Solomon Islands.
Mr Ciobo was taken on a tour of Honiara and Guadalcanal by helicopter. At the RAMSI base, he met with RAMSI police and civilian personnel and was briefed on the police development programmes the Mission is implementing together with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).
“Australia and Solomon Islands share a unique partnership between our people and our governments. Nowhere is this better reflected than through Australia’s decade long leadership of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands,” said Mr Ciobo.
Mr Ciobo added, “RAMSI over the years has helped the RSIPF to maintain peace and stability, laying the foundations for continued economic growth and development. RAMSI’s current focus on strengthening the RSIPF so that it can deliver effective policing services across the country is essential to building a strong and resilient nation.”
“While RAMSI is drawing down, Australia’s commitment to law, order and stability in Solomon Islands will endure” said the Parliamentary Secretary.
Mr Ciobo left Honiara today after a three-day visit during which he met with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, Minister for Foreign Minister and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka and the Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Hon. Danny Philip.