MSG chair on tour

THE Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Manasseh Sogavare, is undertaking his MSG capital visits from February 16-28 — firstly in Port Vila, then on to Noumea, Suva and Port Moresby.

Mr Sogavare also extends his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia who is an associate member to the MSG grouping.

Mr Sogavare, who arrived in Vanuatu on Tuesday, paid his first courtesy to the newly-elected Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, and also visited the Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation and External Trade, Bruno Leingkone.

Mr Sogavare, during his capital visit to Vanuatu, also handed over to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu the MSG Observer Report that was completed after the 2016 Vanuatu election.

The report was conducted by the MSG Observer Group, who observed the national election on January 22 as per a request by the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu.

The MSG chair also met the acting director general of the MSG Secretariat, Molean Kilepak, and staff members of the Secretariat on the work program and affairs of the Secretariat for the year.

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