Shared security interests and APEC 2018 security were the main topics of discussion at the inaugural PNG-Australia Strategic Security Dialogue held in Port Moresby today.
This new dialogue is established as an outcome from the 2013 PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum, provided an opportunity for officials to discuss mutual security interests and areas for cooperation.
PNG officials briefed their Australian counterparts on PNG’s recently released National Security Policy and Defence White Paper, while Australian delegates briefed on Australia’s national security priorities and its upcoming Defence White Paper.
Officials noted Australia’s partnerships with PNG in Defence and police continued to grow, and committed to ensuring these partnerships were responsive to PNG’s security needs and of mutual benefit.
Major event security cooperation was a key item on the agenda, in particular, how Australia could support PNG as it prepared to host the 2018 APEC meeting.
Australia offered to host the next Security Dialogue in 2015 in Australia.
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