Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu are currently in Tuvalu attending the 50th Pacific Islands Forum and were not caught in any security complications.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) to the Prime Minister’s Office made the statement to refute allegations that Immigration Officers confiscated passports for the PM and Minister Regenvanu.
Hilaire Bule said people must be mindful of what they are saying, especially when it concerns state ministers.
He added that people might be confusing themselves with the criminal complaint that was lodged by the Office of Opposition, but he said the investigation process is ongoing and it does not affect the leaders’ participation in the Forum meeting.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Jotham Napat is Acting PM in the absence of the prime minister.