UK, PNG to sign security agreement, says Foreign Affairs Minister

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The United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea will sign a security agreement when a senior government official visits the country next week, says Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

He said James Cleverly, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, would arrive on 19 April to sign the agreement for security purposes.

“(A) similar agreement was signed with the French government,” he said.

“Now we will sign the security agreement with the UK, which symbolises the history both countries share.

“This visit will strengthen PNG-UK relationship and open doors for foreign affairs, trade and investments.”

Tkatchenko said Cleverly would also visit the graves of more than 400 British soldiers at the Bomana cemetery who died during World War II.

Cleverly will also visit UK-funded projects in Port Moresby and discuss a range of issues with Papua New Guinea government officials.

He will also pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister James Marape.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS