The visit to be made in Prime Minister Sogavare’s capacity as the MSG Chair will see the discussion of issues concerning and relevant to the MSG with fellow Melanesian leaders, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai of Vanuatu, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea and the Spokesperson of the FLNKS (Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste) of New Caledonia, Victor Tutugoro.
The MSG Chair will meet with Tutugoro in Port Vila.
It is envisaged that during tour, the MSG Chair and Leaders will also endorse the Revised Criteria for Observer status, Associate Membership and new MSG Guidelines to the MSG.
The Prime Minister’s eight member delegation includes his wife Emmy, Secretary to the MSG Chair, Rence Sore and two other officers from the Prime Minister’s Office, one officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade and two Close-Protection Police personnel.
The delegation will return on 26 January.