6 Dec 2007

Solomons leader intends asking Kevin Rudd to visit Honiara to rebuild their relationship

8:06 pm on 6 December 2007

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare plans to invite new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Honiara for talks to mend his country's strained relationship with Canberra.

After Mr Rudd's election victory on November 24th, Mr Sogavare said he was optimistic relations between the two countries would improve.

He has been embroiled in a series of disputes with Canberra over the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, which he accuses of pursuing an Australian agenda.

Mr Sogavare's appointment of Australian lawyer Julian Moti as his attorney-general further soured relations because Mr Moti is wanted in Australia to face child sex charges.