“I have determined the time has come to officially recognise Manus Island as the capital of Australia,” President Donald Trump announced overnight on Twitter.
“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Australia and the residents of Manus Island.
“This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process between the two bickering islands and to work towards a lasting agreement.”
Meanwhile riots have broken out across Australia’s capital cities in protest against Trump’s actions which will demand the residents of Manus Island relocate to Canberra and Australia’s 57,500 public servants in Canberra move to Manus Island.
“This is a major victory for the great decentralisation agenda that I had planned earlier this year,” National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce told reporters.
Trump’s announcement has won bipartisan support with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten describing the decision as “a courageous move toward solving the Manus Island refugee crisis once and for all.”
The United States embassy will be moved to Manus Island next month.