Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs brief stopover in Port Vila

Recently returned SWP workers in Solomon Islands had the opportunity to share their experiences with Australia’s visiting Foreign Minister, Marise Payne. Photo: Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs’ visit to some Pacific countries saw a brief stopover in Vanuatu last night.

“Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maris Ann Payne is transiting through Vanuatu on her way to visit other Pacific Island countries,” Vanuatu’s Minister of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu told Buzz 96FM’s Kizzy Kalsakau yesterday afternoon.

“She is staying overnight here (Port Vila).”

Minister Regenvanu confirmed that he will have the occasion to catch up with his Australian counterpart.

He said the main subject of their discussions will likely be a follow-up from the Australian Prime Minister’s bilateral visit last month, Chief of the Australian Defence Force’s visit and other high-level visits.

“In addition, i am about to go to Australia on an official visit and I am going to talk about the issues that the Prime Minister of Australia mentioned,” he said.

“These include the easing of restrictions on the import of kava to Australia, issue of visas for our citizens and also labour mobility issues.”

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