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UK’s relationship with SI is not defined by a third country or anyone else, says Cleverly

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UK Secretary of State Cleverly admires a local gift of war canoe presented to him by SIBC CEO John Honimae yesterday.
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United Kingdom Foreign Secretary James Cleverly says their relationship with Solomon Islands is not defined by a third country or driven by anyone else.

Cleverly made the statement in response to a question as to why he was here and if it was influenced by rising powers.

But Cleverly said: “The UK have had a diplomatic presence in Solomon Islands unbroken for a very, very extended period of time, long before many other countries. I am very very proud of a fact that we got a long standing relationship.

“Our relationship with Solomon Islands is because is because of our relationship with Solomon Islands is not defined by a third country. It is not driven by anyone else. This is about two countries that have a long standing shared heritage, long standing relationship, two Commonwealth countries, we share a head of state,” he told journalists.

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