4 Mar 2014

PNG and Australia recommit to asylum seeker deal

11:44 am on 4 March 2014

Australia and Papua New Guinea will begin monthly meetings to oversee their asylum seeker resettlement plans.

The National newspaper reports the two countries recommitted themselves to the agreement at a meeting between Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and the country's Attorney General Kerenga Kua at the weekend.

Mr Morrison says the forum will help keep the arrangement on track and translate into action the arrangements for processing claims from asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention centre and resettling refugees in PNG.

The three ministers expressed their regret and condolences over the death of an Iranian asylum seeker and injuries to other asylum seekers at the centre during violence last month.