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Australia and Pa­pua New Guinea (PNG) have agreed to for­mally el­e­vate their re­la­tion­ship.

Aus­tralian Prime Minister Scott Mor­ri­son and his coun­ter­part from PNG, James Marape, met in Can­berra on Mon­day morning to fi­nalise a com­pre­hen­sive and strate­gic part­ner­ship.

Mr Marape is the first world leader to visit Australia in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity since Mr Mor­ri­son won re-elec­tion in May.

Un­der the new part­ner­ship, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment will in­vest AU$250 mil­lion (FJ$ 374.79m) in the on­go­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of PNG, and AU$54 mil­lion (FJ$ 80.95m) in ru­ral health ser­vices and AU$10m (FJ$14.99m) for im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

Mr Marape welcomed the in­vest­ment an­nounce­ments but said in an ideal world his coun­try would not be so re­liant on for­eign aid. Xin­hua

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