September 29 2022
THE United States Embassy in PNG is disappointed with government of Solomon Islands for failing to provide diplomatic clearance to a US Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry for refuelling and provision in Honiara last week.

BY MARJORIE FINKEO
THE United States Embassy in PNG is disappointed with government of Solomon Islands for failing to provide diplomatic clearance to a US Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry for refuelling and provision in Honiara last week.
The Post-Courier was told the vessel was then diverted to Papua New Guinea last week and docked at Habourside, in Port Moresby, with the aim to support regional partners effectively and efficiently protect their national interests – combat illegal activities, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, strengthen maritime governance on the high seas, and model professional maritime behaviour to partners and competitors.
United States spokesperson responded to a query sent by this newspaper about the arrival of the vessel and if it was part of port visits and maritime security talks in the country.
The vessel was not able to make her planned stop in Honiara, however, they are pleased that the US Navy Ship Mercy subsequently arrived in Honiara on August 29, to begin its two-week humanitarian mission, together with personnel from Australia and Japan.
Spokesperson said US is committed to long-term engagement in the Pacific and to listening to the people of Solomon Islands and responding to their needs.
The vessel is in the region as part of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Operation Island Chief.
Operation Island Chief is one of four operations conducted annually by the FFA. The operation covers the surrounding waters 17 FFA members in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
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