Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has met with Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, in Rarotonga.
Thank you Prime Minister Puna for graciously welcoming me to beautiful Rarotonga.— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) July 18, 2019
Australia and the Cook Islands working in partnership to build a more secure and prosperous Pacific. Meitaki ma’ata! pic.twitter.com/0ld3DlFje4
In her first trip to the country, Ms Payne is holding a range of talks, including with women's representatives.
Mr Puna said talks centred on regional security and the PACER Plus trade agreement.
In October, Cook Islands put its ratification of PACER Plus on hold over fears it would miss out on assistance when it graduated to developed-country status.