Scott Mor­ri­son and PNG leader meet in Can­berra

Fiji Sun - - China News - Can­berra: AAP

Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has rolled out the red car­pet for his Pa­pua New Guinean coun­ter­part, as the lead­ers meet in Can­berra.

The PM welcomed James Marape to Par­lia­ment House yesterday.

Can­non fire marked Mr Marape’s ar­rival, with more fire­works ex­pected when the two men speak be­hind closed doors. Mr Mor­ri­son in­vited Mr Marape as part of his “Pa­cific step-up” strat­egy, aimed at in­creas­ing Aus­tralia’s eco­nomic and se­cu­rity en­gage­ment with its neigh­bours. Aus­tralia al­ready gives de­vel­op­ing PNG more than half a bil­lion dol­lars in aid each year. But the pleas­antries could end when the sub­ject of Manus Is­land comes up. Mr Marape has made it clear he wants a dead­line for end­ing the off­shore pro­cess­ing of asy­lum seek­ers.

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