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PNG Prime Minister to visit Australia



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P R l i l E SVISMSSTER

FOR PRESS 20 February 1976

PNG. PRIME MINISTER TO. VISIT. AUSTRALIA

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Mr Somare, and .

Mrs Somare, will visit Australia from 3 to 6 March.

They will be guests of the Australian Government. .

Mr Somare will arrive in Sydney on 3 March, spend 4 to 5

March in Canberra, and then return to Sydney from where he ^

will leave for New Zealand to attend a special meeting of the

South Pacific forum. .

The Australian Government is particularly pleased that Mr

Somare has been able to make the visit to Australia so.early

in the life of the new Government.

This will be his first visit as Prime Minister of an independent

Papua New Guinea. .

The visit will provide a welcome opportunity for the two

Prime Ministers to review the full irange of relations between

Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Australia attaches great importance to these relations .

and the Government will work energetically to develop them .

further in the years ahead.