THE AUSTRALIAN government has reached an agreement with Papua New Guinea to open an asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says the deal was signed in Port Moresby this afternoon.
The two countries will work together on plans to establish the detention centre, and Mr Bowen says he hopes it will be open as soon as possible.
Under the deal, Australia has agreed to provide financial assistance to help PNG deal with asylum seekers who enter that country.
Source: ABC News