SI GIVEN LEADING ROLE TO ADVOCATE ON WEST PAPUA ISSUES

Joseph Ma'ahanua Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Photo credit: SIBC.

Joseph Ma’ahanua Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Photo credit: SIBC.

Solomon Islands has been given the leadership role in advocating on the issues of human rights violation and allegations in West Papua.

The leadership role was bestowed upon the country following last week’s Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers meeting in Suva,Fiji.

This will see Solomon Islands play a leading role in ensuring issues of West Papua remains active amongst Forum leaders.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Joseph Ma’ahanua told SIBC News, Solomon Islands should be pleased as this will allow West Papua issues to be sustained and maintained during foreign leaders meeting.

“We can be pleased by the fact that the issue will be sustained and maintained in the agenda that’s coming out from reports of the Forum official committee that will be presented to leaders.”

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