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Papua New Guinea

Foreign minister thanks Aust, NZ for continuous support

He paid tribute to Australia and New Zealand’s continuous support to PNG and for their long established commitment to the development of PNG over the last 43 years.

Mr Pato said Australia’s $550million aid project and New Zealand’s “Pacific Reset” have proven successful in PNG.

“It has been to our great delight to see our security and development partners, Australia and New Zealand significantly expand their focus on Pacific, including PNG, within the past years and to boost budgetary support with the aim of producing practical results,” Mr Pato said.

“New Zealand called theirs a “Pacific reset.” I was pleased to visit NZ and have talks with counterpart, Winston Peters, acting Prime Minister, Defence Minister Ron Mark, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau. I delivered a well-received major address on our foreign policy to the NZ Institute of International Affairs in which I praised the move to shift from a donor-recipient interaction into a genuine mature political partnership.

“We look forward to welcoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to our shores for the APEC Leaders’ summit.

“Among many meetings with the Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, was when we co-chaired the PNG-Australia ministerial forum in April in Brisbane. During those negotiations, Australia agreed to assist with biometric systems to aid travel to boost fisheries surveillance-the new patrol boat will arrive in October and to establish a twinning arrangement between the foreign affairs departments. I had a bilateral meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, and engaged in discussions during the event with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Minister for International Affairs and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti Wells, and others.

“We signed two important MOUs. The first was on the undersea telecommunication cable linking PNG with Australia, which has led to the agreement signed this month by Prime Ministers Peter O’Neill and Malcolm Turnbull. The funding arrangements are evidence of our historically strong and affectionate relationship.

“The other MoU was on cyber security, a key need of all economies. We also discussed with members of the Australian and PNG business community the impediments they saw on trade and investment in PNG and we resolved to address them.”

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