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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Solomons Prime Minister invited for a chat with President George Bush in Wasington DC

By Elliot Dawea, National Express

A high level delegation from the Solomon Islands government will travel to Washington DC to meet with US President George Bush on 4th May 2007. The meeting came after an invitation was sent to leaders of 19 Pacific Island countries by the US President.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. John Roughan said the cabinet has confirmed the trip and have identified the delegation to meet with the US President.

Dr. Roughan added that members of delegation will comprise of the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, his Secretary Dr. John Roughan, Deputy Prime Minister Toswel Kaua, Foreign Affairs Minister Patterson Oti and protocol officials from the Foreign Affairs Department. The delegation will be accompanied by well trained security personnel from the police.

Dr. Roughan said on Friday that the US President Mr. Bush is inviting Pacific island leaders to discuss issues such as US relation with the small states, the peace-corp program, and the US assistance to Pacific islands.

Mr. Bush said in the invitation letter that US relationship with the Pacific islands in past six years has been ineffective and so it’s his desire to meet with the leaders to address some of these issues, said Mr. Roughan.

The meeting which will be held over two days from 7th – 8th May will be chaired by the US President, George W. Bush and his secretary Mrs. Condoleezza Rice.

Source: PFNet

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