Australia has offered to fund the Solomon Islands election, so it doesn’t have to be pushed back. But Mr Sogovare refused the offer on Tuesday, almost a week after receiving it in writing.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the offer reflected Australia’s “longstanding and historical commitment” to democracy in the Pacific, noting Australia had previously offered support to the Solomon Islands.
“Australia maintains the position that we have for some time that security is the responsibility of the Pacific family of which we are a part,” she said.
Honiara inked a security pact with Beijing in April amid rising concern about China’s growing influence and aggression in the region.