Pacific missions make Australia top nation

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Australia has opened two new diplomatic missions in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia.

Now with 19 missions in the Pacific, Australia has the largest diplomatic network in the region of any country.

Part of the federal government's Pacific Step-up was to be represented in every member of the Pacific Islands Forum, which has been achieved.

"The Australian embassy to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the consulate-general in French Polynesia are now working to support Australia's interests and increased engagement in our neighbourhood," Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

"We continue to strengthen our cooperation in areas such as maritime security, infrastructure, climate change and women's empowerment, as well as our support for the health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting the region's economic recovery."