RI, PNG discuss development of border regions

Nusa, Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met her counterpart from Papua New Guinea (PNG) Rimbink Pato to discuss the development of border regions shared by the two countries.

"We will officiate the development of a monument in the border area at the end of this month," Retno noted on the sidelines of a senior official meeting at the 6th Bali Process Conference here on Tuesday.

She stated the monument would mark the strong commitment of the two countries to advance their border regions as good neighbors.

The minister affirmed that strong contacts had been established between community members in the border regions, and hence, sound cooperation was needed to manage it.

To this end, Indonesia has offered visa-free facility to PNG.

"They are now also contemplating on offering the same facility to Indonesia," she emphasized.

PNG Minister Pato remarked that his government will discuss the facility at a meeting with the parliament this month.

Regarding the development of border regions, he pointed out that PNG would continue to coordinate and communicate with Indonesia.

"So far, eight border agreements have been made with Indonesia. We always contact Indonesia in case of a problem, so that it could be immediately settled," he stated.

Besides the border regions, the two ministers also discussed about a planned joint RI-PNG consultative meeting to be held at the end of this month.

According to schedule, Minister Pato plans to visit Jakarta at the end of this month for the meeting.(*)

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