13 Oct 2008

Diplomatic links between Tonga and Australia enter a new phase

8:07 pm on 13 October 2008

Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says relations with Tonga have entered a new phase with a flag raising ceremony at Commonwealth Park in Canberra marking the establishment of a High Commission.

Tonga joins Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Fiji among Pacific countries having diplomatic representation in Canberra.

Mr Smith says his Government is committed to assisting Tonga's long term development and currently provides around 14 million US dollars aid support.