THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) intends to implement its “Friend to all, enemy to none” foreign policy agenda as Caucus continues to finalise the DCGA Policy Statement expected to be launched later next month.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) revealed that under the policy, the DCGA continues to value all its existing diplomatic relationships and intends to review such relationships with the view of comprehensively assessing the potential to expand Solomon Islands cooperation with other countries.
Meanwhile, in response to the China question, leader of the DCGA coalition and Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, stated that as a responsible government, DCGA will manage relations in a pragmatic and reliable manner through open and transparent dialogue aimed at exploring opportunities to determine a way forward, which takes into consideration all aspects of existing and prospective development partners, to ensure any future decisions will be in the best interests of our nation and our people.
“Hence, the government will conduct a thorough investigation and comprehensive due diligence to gather information and ascertain the facts whilst keeping all options open until a consensus is reached that serves in the public interest and represents our national development objectives,” he stated.
The Prime Minister further confirmed there was no division within the DCGA over recognition for the Republic of China by stating that “Solidarity of the government remains intact and our minds are clear on how we intend to advance this policy and move forward together.”