15 Jan 2008

Australian PM to visit PNG for talks

11:02 am on 15 January 2008

Reports from Papua New Guinea say Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to make a five-day visit to PNG in early March.

Mr Rudd is expected to have talks with PNG leaders on a number of bilateral issues including Australian aid to PNG, the Defense Cooperation Treaty, and the Enhancement Cooperation Programme.

During his 11-year term in office, Mr Rudd's predecessor, John Howard, never made a state visit to PNG although it's Australia's closest neighbour.