Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is travelling to Japan next week. On Thursday, he announced that he would be the first world leader to meet in person with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. PM Morrison will also visit Port Moresby.
“I am honoured to be the first foreign PM to visit Japan to meet the new Prime Minister, following his approval,” said Mr Morrison.
After leaving Japan, Morrison will travel to Papua New Guinea for talks with Prime Minister James Marape.
PM said he would go through the compulsory 14 days of isolation for COVID-19 after his international trip at the Lodge in Canberra. And he will participate in the country’s parliament via a video link.
People are currently banned from leaving Australia without any essential work or compassionate reasons.
Also, Australians coming back from abroad are sent to special hotels for two weeks quarantine at approx $3000 each.
In April, most Australians have been refused applications for home quarantine, so hotel quarantine was introduced.
Though, PM Morrison declared that he would undergo two weeks quarantine at the Lodge or Hotel.
Mr Morrison said the trip was “in the national interest,” and he would be one of the thousands of Australians who have been permitted to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PM said, “I think I will be the first national leader to engage in Japan, with the new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and to have the opportunity to do that is essential for Australia because Australia has an exceptional relationship with Japan.”
“It’s not just a social one and cultural, not only an economic one or trade one. Importantly, it a strategic one that we create together with India and the US, an important quad relationship.”
Further, Mr Morrison said he would be talking to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga about security, defence, and trade, before visiting PNG’s Prime Minister, James Marap, to discuss how Australia can help with coronavirus vaccines in the country.