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Papua New Guinea to build closer ties with Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape had confirmed his government will finalise up to nine agreements with Jakarta to strengthen its relationship with Indonesia.

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Marape is in Indonesia with a delegation of more than 70 people - mainly representing the business sector - to meet with his counterpart President Joko Widodo.

He was expected to discuss a proposed partnership with the Indonesian Petroleum company - Pertamina - for alternative sources of fuel among a number of issues on the agenda during the visit which ends on Friday.

Marape said the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries "will greatly complement Papua New Guinea's future socio-economic agenda and reap tangible outcomes in the immediate to long term."

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