“Papua New Guinea has offered to send 1000 emergency personnel to assist Australia in dealing with its deadly bush fires.
“PNG Prime Minister James Marape has released a statement sending his condolences to the people of Australia - especially the families of those lost to the devastating fires.
“Mr Marape said Australia was the closest friend of PNG and was always the first to help in times of adversity.
“He said he had been in constant communication with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and if invited PNG would send 1000 combined soldiers and fire-fighters.
“Mr Marape's statement follows the setting up of a national Fire Appeal Secretariat of which the prime minister is the patron.”
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