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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Esper's Call With Papua New Guinea Minister for Defense Saki Soloma

On August 26, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper spoke with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Minister for Defense, Saki Soloma; a historic first call between the defense counterparts.  Secretary Esper and Minister Soloma spoke to the importance of upholding international rules and norms and their commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region.  Both leaders reinforced the strength of the bilateral relationship and discussed pressing regional security issues. The principals concluded the conversation by reaffirming their commitment to future cooperation and collaboration in support of mutual interests including the conclusion of a U.S. – PNG Defense Cooperation Agreement.