US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape signed the agreement in India during a summit of Pacific island leaders. The agreement allows U.S. Coast Guard vessels, with local officials on board, to Patrol in the exclusive economic zone of the island state.
According to the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the agreement is mutually beneficial. Marape said that under the defense agreement The US military presence will also increase in the next decade. prime minister With the best armed forces in the worldTalk about a security agreement.
The treaty guarantees our national interests and contributes to us becoming a strong economy in this part of the world
– said James Marab.
About the agreement Student demonstrations It exploded on Monday in Lae, Papua New Guinea’s second largest city. Demonstrations against the signing of the defense cooperation agreement have already taken place on several university campuses on Sunday They are afraid of angering China.
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