Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to open the Jayapura-Port Moresby flight route, reaching the decision at their two-day meeting that ended here on Friday.

"The opening of the new flight route linking Indonesia, particularly Papua, to Papua New Guinea will hopefully enhance economic cooperation between the two countries," Chief of the Border Area and Foreign Cooperation of the Papua Provincial Government, Suzana Wanggai, said here on Friday.

She said the opening of the new flight route will not only benefit bilateral and economic cooperation but will also allow both sides to develop other sectors.

"The agreement to open the new flight route was reached at wide-ranging talks between the two countries which also discussed commonly-debated issues such as security, borders and so on," she said.

The opening of the new flight route is also part of the effort to ensure connectivity between Papua and other areas and is in line with the vision and mission of the Papua governor and vice governor to develop their region, she said.

"Hopefully, the new flight route can be realized next year, enabling the two countries to soon develop the way they have planned," she said.

She added that the opening of the new flight route can also enhance bilateral relations and cooperation between the two neighboring countries.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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