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New Zealand to maintain 15 defense personnel in Solomon Islands

Peacekeeping mission to be extended up to seven months

A New Zealand soldier guards a convoy of trucks in the Solomon Islands in April 2006.   © Reuters

WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand's government on Monday said it will maintain defense personnel in the Solomon Islands at the request of local authorities until at least Dec. 31, 2023, extending a peacekeeping mission by as much as seven months.

New Zealand deployed defense force staff to the Pacific country in late 2021 at the request of the Solomon Islands following anti-government protests alongside defense personnel from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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