Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape has cancelled his planned visit to the United States.
Mr Marape was to have attended the United Nations General Assembly next week for the first time as PNG's prime minister.
But his office has indicated he will stay in PNG to focus on local matters.
Mr Marape, who was elected less than four months ago, has prioritised economic reform including a review of non-essential spending.
It's understood PNG's Foreign Minister Soroi Eoe will lead a small delegation to the UN and deliver the prime minister's statement at the assembly on his behalf.