BLUFAustralia is exploring developing closer defence links across all domains with PNG as part of expanded defence cooperation across the Pacific.
Stephen Dziedzic writing for ABC News, makes the following points:
- Mr Marles held direct talks with PNG Prime Minister James Marape.
- PNG's new Foreign Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, wants a formal treaty by the end of this year.
- Mr Marles agrees and wants to help PNG address any "capability gaps" in its armed forces, especially in aviation.
- Wider training opportunities with Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Tonga are proposed.
- Minister Marles emphasised the importance of being 'present' in the Pacific and the partner of choice.
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References from the Web:
- OCT 2022 Australia eyes security treaty with PNG-Defence –Defence Connect
- OCT 2022 Australia, PNG defence to work together under proposed security pact-Reuters
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