Today I will visit the Solomon Islands for events marking the end of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands – better known as RAMSI.
During its 14 years of existence, RAMSI has made an enormous contribution to peace and stability in the Solomon Islands.
While RAMSI’s mission draws to a close on 30 June, Australia’s commitment to peace and stability in the Solomon Islands will continue.
Australia will support new bilateral programs in policing, justice and governance worth $141 million over four years from 2017.
I will sign a bilateral aid partnership to stimulate economic growth and improve outcomes in health, education and gender equality – all important foundations of future stability.
Australia and the Solomon Islands will also shortly finalise a bilateral security treaty.
I will celebrate RAMSI’s success with colleagues from Pacific island countries and discuss with them the lessons learnt for future regional security cooperation.
I will be accompanied by Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove; Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP; and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; along with former RAMSI officials who were part of the mission’s success story.
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