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PNG PM O'Neill Extends Australia Day Best Wishes

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill  has conveyed the best wishes of Papua New Guinea to the people of Australia on their National day.

PM O’Neill said the relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia is stronger today than it has ever been, and this will only continue to improve.

“Papua New Guinea and Australia are the strongest of partners and friends, and our country extends our fondest regards on Australia Day,” the Prime Minister said.

“Over more than four decades we have strengthened our bilateral engagement on many levels.

“Australia is the largest investor in the Papua New Guinea economy, and this is creating jobs and stimulating business.

“More and more Papua New Guineans are studying in Australia and this not only enhances skills and knowledge in the short term, it also establishes long-term bonds between our people into the future.”

The Prime Minister said the close relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia was in many ways born through the hardship and loss of war.

“Our people fought side by side and thousands died in the defence of our two lands during World War Two.

“From this shared history we carry mutual respect and affinity that is always present in the interaction between Papua New Guineans and Australians.”

PM O’Neill further thanked Australia for its ongoing engagement as Papua New Guinea prepares to host APEC Leaders in November.

“I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Turnbull to Papua New Guinea this year when we host the APEC Summit.

“The first ever APEC Meeting was held in Canberra in 1989, and nearly thirty years later we have seen exceptional economic growth that has improved the lives for people around the APEC region.

“Papua New Guinea appreciates the security co-operation being undertaken with Australia, together with other partners, as we prepare to deliver a successful APEC 2018 summit.”
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