Aust Defence Minister on PNG visit

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As part of an official seven-day pacific visit, Australia’s Minister for Defence Hon Linda Reynolds is currently in the country to further enhance Australia’s regional defence engagement.

Minister Reynold’s first visit to PNG as Defence Minister is an opportunity to meet with her counterpart Minister, the Hon Saki Soloma to continue to expand their defence cooperation in aviation, maritime, infrastructure and capability development.

Speaking of her PNG schedule, Minister Reynolds said “In East Sepik I will observe our largest joint infantry exercise – Wantok Warrior – involving more than 250 Australian and PNG soldiers. I will also open the Loda Wharf in Manus Province, an important Australian-funded infrastructure project, delivered under the Pacific Maritime Security Program. This infrastructure will support the operation of Papua New Guinea’s new Guardian Class Patrol Boats.”

“The trip will conclude in Port Moresby at the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum, building on the recent announcement by Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Marape of a $20 million package of defence initiatives” Reynolds said.

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