The New Zealand government is deploying dozens of Defence Force and police personnel to Honiara in the coming days, “to help restore peace and stability”.
Since rioting and looting started in the Solomon Islands last week, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea have sent troops to help keep the peace there.
An initial NZDF team of 15 will joint them tomorrow, followed by a larger group of 50 at the weekend.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the response is short-term and to help restore peace and stability.
“New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security.
“We are deeply concerned by the recent civil unrest and rioting in Honiara, and following yesterday’s request of the Solomon Islands government, we have moved quickly to provide urgent assistance.”
Samoan police are also on standby to send personnel to assist peacekeeping forces.
The unrest stemmed from a protest calling for the removal of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and left major destruction in the capital.