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Papua New Guinea gives 122 million USD aid to Pacific Island nations

Papua New Guinea gives 122 million USD aid to Pacific Island nations

SYDNEY, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Papua New Guinea will give 300 million kina (122.6 million U.S. dollars) as development assistance for Pacific islands nations, the Pacnews reported Thursday, quoting the country's Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato.

Pato, who was among hundreds of officials attending the smaller islands states leaders meeting of the Pacific Island Forum in Palau, said the funds would meet some of the priority needs of island governments in the region.

"We are looking to provide grant assistance to small island countries in areas of their need over time. We will align our assistance to areas of need and the priorities of island governments," he said, quoted by the regional news agency headquartered in Suva, Fiji.

He said development assistance to Pacific island countries is not about leadership but solidarity for its Pacific neighbors.

"As is the theme of this conference, the oceans bring us together. We live in it and feed from it and we will go with it into the future. We are people that have common interests. If some of the countries are successful like Papua New Guinea, then we will share that with other countries in addressing their challenges," he said.

"We are saying look if we have some spare, how can we share that with our Pacific brothers and sisters. If they put up their hand and look to PNG, then we will give them a helping hand."

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