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The islands’ government did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Solomon Islands has had strained relations with the United States and its allies since it struck a security deal with China in May.

The USCGC Oliver Henry was on patrol for illegal fishing in the South Pacific for a regional fishery when it failed to enter Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, to fuel, a US Coast Guard press officer told Reuters in an emailed statement.

The US vessel was diverted to Papua New Guinea instead, the official said.

The British Navy declined to comment on social media reports that HMS Speo, a patrol ship taking part in Operation Island Chief to monitor illegal fishing in the economic exclusion zones of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, had been denied port access . Solomon Islands.

“The ship’s programs are under constant review and it is routine practice to change them. We do not discuss details for reasons of operational security,” a Royal Navy said in an emailed statement.

The Solomons’ government and Beijing have ruled out a Chinese military base on the islands, although a leaked draft showed the security agreement would allow the Chinese navy to dock and replenish.

The Fisheries Agency for the Pacific Islands Forum, a bloc of 17 Pacific nations, has a marine monitoring center in Honiara and conducts annual monitoring programs for illegal fishing with the assistance of Australia, the United States, New Zealand and France.

The USCGC Oliver Henry was scheduled for a routine logistics port call in the Solomon Islands, US Coast Guard public affairs officer in Hawaii Christine Kamm told Reuters in an emailed statement.

“The government of the Solomon Islands has not responded to the US government’s request for diplomatic clearance for the ship to refuel and resupply in Honiara,” he said.

“The US Department of State is in contact with the Solomon Islands government and hopes that all clearances will be granted to US ships in the future,” he added.

HMS Spey had Fiji Navy officials on board as it worked with Australian and New Zealand long-range maritime patrol aircraft and the US Coast Guard on a Pacific Islands Forum fisheries data collection mission, the Royal Navy said in a statement. Thursday

It conducted inspections of suspected vessels at port as well as boarding at sea, the statement said.

A Royal Navy said they “look forward to visiting the Solomon Islands at a later date.”

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The Solomon Islands does not respond to US Coast Guard requests for port inspections, the US said


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