France-Solomon Islands relationship
Though remaining modest, our relationship with Solomon Islands is developing. Cooperation is improving, more particularly through New-Caledonian institutions. Together with Australia and New Zealand, France is involved in the struggle against illegal fishing in the region.
During the catastrophic flood of January 2009, French patrol boat “La Glorieuse” was asked by the government of Solomon Islands to proceed to the delivering of emergency products, including medicines, food and drinkable water. It also provided first aid to injured people and facilitated access to Solomon officials.
His Excellency Mr. Alain Waquet, Ambassador of the French Republic in Port Moresby, is accredited to the Solomon Islands. France has a honorary consulate in Honiara.
Hon. William Haomae, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, took part to the third France-Oceania Summit in Nouméa in 2009.
A Senate delegation of the « Groupe d’amitié France - Vanuatu - Iles du Pacifique », lead by Mr. Jean-Pierre Demerliat, visited the Solomon Island in September 2009.
General Olivier Tramond, Commander of the Forces armées in New Caledonia, went to the Solomon Islands in February 2011 and was able to meet with Prime Minister Danny Philip.
Our cooperation is focused on excavations in Vanikoro island and on the need to preserve the flotsams of 18th century La Pérouse expedition.