19 Mar 2007

Solomons PM due to finally receive Australian High Commissioner

5:39 am on 19 March 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is due to receive the Australian High Commissioner designate later this afternoon after refusing to see him since January.

The government had deferred an appointment for Peter Hooton to present his credentials because of the on-going rift in diplomatic relations between Canberra and Honiara.

Mr Sogavare told the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation that he had nothing personal against Mr Hooton as an individual, and looked on Australia as a close ally and friend of Solomon Islands as it had been for the last 100 years or more.

He says differences in opinions held by political leaders of the two sovereign nations were a different matter.