Australia to send in forces, if needed, but Solomons PM Manasseh Sogavare says he hopes agreement will never be used

Australia and the Solomon Islands have signed a new security treaty – one the Solomons’ prime minister hopes will “collect dust” and never be used.

In Australia for a week-long visit, the Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said the bilateral security agreement he signed on Monday with the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, would provide for the rapid deployment of Australian security forces in the case of civil and ethnic unrest of the kind witnessed in the Solomons in the early 2000s.

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