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July 13, 2020
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Abott Coming To PNG

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott will visit PNG next week.

On the agenda for discussion with his counterpart and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, is the Manus Regional Processing Centre for Asylum Seekers.

The Centre has come under the spotlight in recent past following riots that left one Iranian detainee dead.

Australian Prime Minister Abott’s visit to PNG next week will be the first since becoming Prime Minister of Australia last year.

Honorable Peter O’Neill says he looks forward to receiving him and said the visit will give PNG the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Issues likely to be discussed include the Australian AID program and its realignment to PNG’s development priorities, the Manus Regional Processing Centre for Asylum Seekers, Australian Visa Issue among others.

While nothing has been disclosed about whether or not the recent riots will be discussed during the meet, investigations are continuing into the death of the young Iranian detainee on the Island.

The much-talked-about LNG project will also be a subject of discussions next week between the two Prime Ministers and O’Neill will brief Abott on the implementation of his key Government Policies including free education and health care among others.

O’Neill is expected to host a lunch for Prime Minister Abott before he returns to Australia.

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