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Govt insists US refugee deal is still on

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July 16, 2017

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the US refugee deal is still going ahead.

The Turnbull government insists a deal for the United States to take refugees from Nauru is still on despite officials leaving the offshore detention centre earlier than planned.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the US screening process is "progressing as we expected", even though US immigration officials halted interviews and left Nauru a day after Washington said the country had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

"They have a quota each year and the quota will roll over again on 1 October as I said, and I expect that the United States will adhere to this agreement, as the president promised the United States would," Ms Bishop told ABC TV on Sunday.

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