US Military Enters Into Agreement With PNG

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Deal provides ‘framework for coordination in military logistics matters’

By Lazarus Bira

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 16, 2014) – The United States military will provide logistics support, supplies and services during exercises, training or emergencies to Papua New Guinea, according to an agreement signed yesterday in Port Moresby.

The US Pacific Command commander Admiral Samuel J Locklear said the agreement provided the basic framework for coordination in military logistics matters.

He said the purpose of these agreements was to increase readiness of military partnership by reducing initial hurdles.

He said it basically meant by-passing bureaucratic hurdles which slowed down processes and responses during times of emergencies or disasters.

Defence secretary John Porti said the US assistance would benefit the army and the people.

It is part of the US objective to develop and strengthen ties with emerging countries such as PNG.

The US Pacific command is the largest military command overseeing operations covering half of the globe.

Locklear said: "As a nation, we continue our rebalance efforts to the Asia-Pacific because we see the importance of Asia not only to our own national security, our national interests, but to the global community."

He also met PNGDF commander Brig-Gen Gilbert Toropo and Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio.

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