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Australian police to stay in Solomon Islands until 2024 election - government

  • Australia has agreed to extend the stay of its police forces in the Solomon Islands until June next year, in response to a request from the Solomon government. The Australian police force was initially deployed to the Solomon Islands in December 2021 to address anti-government protests and provide security for the Pacific Games scheduled for November. This extension is seen as crucial to filling security gaps during these events.
  • The extension comes at a time when the Solomon Islands has strengthened its security ties with China, raising concerns among Australia, New Zealand, and the US about their longstanding security partnership with the Pacific nation. China has supported the Solomon Islands' bid to host the Pacific Games and provided funding for infrastructure after the country switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.
  • The Australian police will work alongside officers from Fiji, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea during their extended mission. Their presence has been deemed vital for providing security during the national general elections in the Solomon Islands.
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