Australia's foreign minister visits Solomon islands

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has traveled to the Solomon Islands to meet with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The visit comes amid growing concerns over the island nation's recent security pact with China.

Wong is the first Australian foreign minister to visit the Pacific nation since it signed the agreement with Beijing in April.

They met on Friday to discuss key issues, such as security and recovery from the pandemic.

Wong told reporters after the meeting that Australia maintains its stance that the Pacific family should be responsible for its own security.

Wong also said Australia would deliver an additional 200,000 COVID vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.

Australia is the Solomons' main security partner.
Their police forces conducted joint exercises earlier this month as part of an ongoing security agreement.
Australia also sent police to help keep the peace following riots in the capital, Honiara, in November last year.