Scott Morrison and PNG leader meet in Canberra
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.