Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele Respond to Hon Matthew Wale Distorted Statement
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele expressed his disappointment on the deliberate distortion of his press statement issued yesterday by the leader of Opposition today.
The Hon Jeremiah Manele clarified to the Leader of Opposition, that the focus of his statement, was on the reference made by the Honourable Premier of Malaita that Taiwan is a State, the Republic of China and not as a province of the People’s Republic of China.
There is only one foreign policy that binds the country together, Solomon Islands has adopted a One China Policy. It has joined 179 countries that have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. Decision made to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China is a sovereign decision. That decision must be respected as we continue to build a united strong nation.
There are no issues on having trade, economic and cultural links between Solomon Islands Provinces and Taiwan.
It is irresponsible for any state or entity within a state to interfere in the internal affairs of another state or question another state’s territorial integrity.
Solomon Islands continue to uphold “friends to all and enemies to none” and will work with all within the confines of Solomon Islands foreign policy.