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Biden’s US-Pacific Islands Pact Spurned by Solomons, ABC Reports

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The Solomon Islands is refusing to agree to a new US-led regional deal which was due to be signed at a high-level meeting in Washington within days, disrupting weeks of negotiations and frustrating American attempts to reassert itself in the Pacific.

The Pacific island nation sent a diplomatic note to its regional partners saying it would not sign the declaration, adding there was a lack of consensus over the deal and it needed more time to consider the agreement, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Wednesday.