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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (May 8, 2002 - Solomon Star/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands inter-island ship MV Temotu is sailing to Kiribati and Tuvalu in July, carrying not only passengers but also Solomon Islands products to promote, according to plans announced by the Temotu Shipping Line.

The voyage will start July 6, company general manager George Fafale said.

MV Temotu will travel first to Tarawa and spend five days there, coinciding with the Kiribati independence anniversary celebrations, he said.

The Solomon Islands has links with Kiribati through people from Kiribati who were resettled in the Solomon Islands when both countries were British colonies.

Mr. Fafale said the ship will carry promotional samples of such Solomon Islands products as Solbrew beer, canned tuna, timber, and biscuits.

During the five days in Tarawa there will be trade and cultural shows and sports competitions, he said.

From Tarawa, he said, the ship will sail to Funafuti, Tuvalu, for a similar program before returning home.

The MV Temotu can carry up to 250 passengers, Mr. Fafale said.

Last September it sailed to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, carrying a church youth group.

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