Tuesday, March 5, 2024

PNG PM returns to Australia

AUSTRALIA / PNG

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, will welcome Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, back to Australia for an official visit from 7 to 9 February.

The latest meeting between Prime Ministers will build on the Bilateral Security Agreement signed last year, and address security and economic cooperation, infrastructure and deepening people-to-people links.

During the visit, Prime Minister Marape will address both Members and Senators of the Parliament of Australia. It will be the first in-person address by a foreign leader since 2020.

“I warmly welcome Prime Minister Marape back to Australia,” said Prime Minister Albanese.

“As close neighbours and regional leaders, our security and prosperity are bound together.

“I was deeply honoured to be the first foreign head of Government to address Papua New Guinea’s National Parliament, and as the leader of Australia’s closest neighbour, it is fitting to invite Prime Minister Marape to do the same,” he said.

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