Australia and Solomon Islands held their 4th Bilateral Security Dialogue virtually on 16 November, committing to deepening our security partnership, including in areas such as policing, border and cyber security.
Australia and Solomon Islands are committed to continuing to work together to ensure a stable, prosperous and secure Blue Pacific region.
“Australia welcomed this opportunity to discuss key aspects of our bilateral security relationship with Solomon Islands”, said Ewen McDonald, Head of the Office of the Pacific. “Australia and Solomon Islands are longstanding security partners. The partnership between Australia and Solomon Islands has continued to grow over the past year despite the challenges of COVID-19. Together, we are progressing the Western Border and Patrol Boat Outpost, enhancing cooperation on explosive ordnance disposal, and continuing to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s capability growth and operations.
Permanent Secretary Beck stated that “this is a meeting of close neighbours on security issues of mutual concern.”
The meeting agreed to enhance our bilateral architecture, including through regular ministerial engagement, inaugural senior officials talks next year, and reaffirmed our commitment to continuing to exchange perspectives on our security priorities through this Dialogue.
The Dialogue was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary Collin Beck, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, and Ewen McDonald, Head of the Office of the Pacific.