PNG and Aust PMs to meet on Wednesday

The Prime?Ministers of Papua New Guinea and Australia will have an opportunity to discuss?bilateral?issues when they meet?tomorrow?in Canberra,?Wednesday, 3rd?December 2014

Papua New?Guinea?s Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O?Neill CMG MP, said it is important that?ongoing?high-level dialogue takes place with the nation?s close partner?countries.

Australia?s?Prime Minister, Hon. Tony Abbott MP, will host the discussion in his Parliament?House office?in Australia?s capital city.

?I look forward?to meeting with Tony Abbott?tomorrow,? PM O?Neill said from the?13th?Papua New?Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference?in Sydney.

?There are?always a number of ongoing bilateral matters to discuss between our two?countries and it is?important to maintain communications.

?There is a?strong partnership between Australia and Papua New Guinea and we will continue?to build?on this relationship.

?We have a?number of ongoing partnership arrangements that are relevant to Papua New?Guinea?s?core government policy areas such as education and healthcare.

?Australia has?also been very supportive in relation to preparations for Papua New Guinea to?host the?APEC process in 2018 that will conclude with the Leaders? Summit.?

PM O?Neill said?he and the Australian Prime Minister have a good working relationship and have?regular contact.?

While they met?informally on the sidelines of APEC and at the Gough Whitlam Memorial in?November,?their last formal meeting was when Prime Minister Abbott visited Port?Moresby in October.