Canberra, Jan. 17 — : Australia and Papua New Guinea announced that both governments have finalised a security agreement to deepen defence cooperation between the two countries.
“We reaffirm our commitment to further enhance strategic cooperation between Papua New Guinea and Australia through the development of a Bilateral Security Treaty (BST), pursuant to the 2020 Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership (CSEP),” the joint statement read, as quoted by Australian Prime Minister’s Office.
“As near neighbours, close friends and equal partners, Papua New Guinea’s and Australia’s defence and security is deeply connected. We share a mutual strategic interest in a safe, stable, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific. We have a proud history of working together in the interest if history of the region”, said the statement.