U. S Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin has described the U.S-Papua New Guinea Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) is an important milestone for the relationship between the United States and Papua New Guinea (PNG) – and for our collective Indo-Pacific security.

“The agreement reflects our partnership and our shared values as Pacific countries, the importance of ensuring the security and prosperity of the region, and our shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The DCA represents an important next step in the evolution of our long-standing relationship as the United States and Papua New Guinea continue to work closely together on a wide range of issues of importance to both countries, the region, and the rest of the world,” he said in a statement.

“This agreement will serve as the foundational framework for our two countries to enhance our security cooperation, improve the capacity of the PNG Defence Force, and increase stability and security in the region.

Importantly, this agreement underscores our commitment to deepening our engagement with the region, modernising our alliances, updating our force posture, and bolstering our Allies and partners in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Defence Secretary Austin.