10 Sep 2007

PNG and Australia mend fences after Moti tiff

7:42 pm on 10 September 2007

Papua New Guinea and Australia have agreed to resume the annual ministerial forum between both countries.

The meeting was called off last year amid Australian anger over the PNG government's involvement in the flight of alleged sex offender Julian Moti to Solomon Islands.

The PNG Foreign Minister, Sam Abal, says he and his Australian counterpart, Alexander Downer, have resumed the talks, saying it is the appropriate avenue where the neighbours can meet and discuss issues.

Mr Abal says the ministerial forum gives Ministers direction and guidance on how to address important issues.

He says the bilateral relationship is an enduring one, right down to the people-to-people level, and both leaders agreed to work together in the coming months.