AUSTRALIAN prime minister Tony Abbott arrived in Port Moresby last night on a three day visit to hold talks with prime minister Peter O’Neill.
“Papua New Guinea is Australia’s nearest neighbour,” Mr Abbott said. “We share historical links, democratic values and an interest in promoting a secure and prosperous region.
“Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea is strong and wide-ranging. We cooperate closely on business, trade, aid, security and defence issues. Importantly, PNG is a vital partner in our determination to tackle people smuggling and stop the boats.