“A revised Solomon Islands Government Protocol handbook has been launched in Honiara on Friday.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele officially launched handbook entitled ‘Administration of Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities for Diplomatic Corps Accredited to and Resident in Solomon Islands 2019.’

“The handbook sets out guidelines that assist Government Administrative Departments to ensure Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities are upheld.

“The handbook upholds Solomon Islands duties as a receiving State to accredited diplomats and seeks to balance expectations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and requirements of our local laws and regulations.

“The previous handbook that addressed administering Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities was last produced in the early 90’s and much of the current practices required amending and improving.

“Mr Manele said the launching of the booklet also marks an achievement set out by the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) in its 100 days policy in ensuring that this milestone is achieved in a given time-frame.”

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