The US embassy in Canberra says that the government of Solomon Islands will place a moratorium on US ships entering its ports amidst deteriorating relations.
The United States and Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations following its independence on July 7, 1978. U.S. representation is handled by the United States Embassy at Port Moresby where the Ambassador is resident. In recognition of the close ties forged between the United States and the people of the Solomon Islands during World War II, the U.S. Congress financed the construction of the Solomon Islands Parliament Building. There are approximately 95 American citizens residing permanently in Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands has suspended entry into its waters for foreign navy ships pending adoption of a new process for approval of port visits, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday, in a bid to better police its exclusive economic zones.