Asia-Pacific

Australia welcomes New Caledonia's vote to remain part of France

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The federal government has welcomed New Caledonia's decision to remain part of France, vowing to help the islands integrate into the Pacific region.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has offered her congratulations to New Caledonia in the wake of a vote against independence, vowing to help the islands integrate into the Pacific region.

New Caledonians voted against independence from France in a long-awaited referendum, with Senator Payne acknowledging the efforts made to ensure the vote could occur.

"As New Caledonians enter the next phase of their history, Australia will remain a steadfast friend and partner of both New Caledonia and France," she said in a statement on Monday.

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