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No thanks Joe, says Solomons PM

In a move that is likely to further annoy Australian and US concerns over Sogavare's perceived lean towards China, Sogavare will return to Solomon Islands capital Honiara this week after delivering his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last Friday.

United States authorities are reportedly disappointed by Sogavare's decision to decline the invitation.

He is the only Pacific leader to decline, apart from Vanuatu's new Prime Minster Sato Kilman, who has remained in Port Vila to navigate a brewing political crisis after taking power two weeks ago.

A Solomon Islands government official told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sogavare would not attend because of "domestic issues", saying Sogavare needed to be back in the Honiara parliament for a raft of bills, and the invitation from the White House came after parliament business had been set.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele will attend in Sogavare's place.