3 Mar 2008

Australian PM to visit Solomons on Friday after talks in PNG

5:54 am on 3 March 2008

Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, is due in Honiara on Friday for talks with his Solomon Island's counterpart, Dr Derek Sikua as well as other senior ministers.

Mr Rudd has pointed out that Australia plays a leading role in the reconstruction and nation- building work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

He said he is committed to using Australia's bilateral aid program to assist with the country's rural development and infrastructure challenges.

The SIBC says the Australian prime minister will visit Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, on Wednesday.