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PNG PM O'Neill Congratulates Australian PM Morrison on Election Win

Port Moresby : The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has congratulated the Australian Prime Minister, Hon. Scott Morrison (ScoMo) MP, on the re-election of his coalition government, last night.

PM O’Neill said when it comes to Australian domestic politics, the Government of Papua New Guinea will always work closely with the elected government of the day irrespective of politics.

The Prime Minister also thanked the outgoing Labor Leader, Hon. Bill Shorten MP , for his support for Papua New Guinea during his term as Opposition Leader.

“Our Government looks forward to completing joint projects that we have underway with Australia that will benefit both countries,” the Prime Minister said.l

“We have a close working relationship with Scott Morrison and the Coalition Government in Australia that has been built over several years, and this will continue.

“Together we are completing the delivery of the undersea telecommunications cable that will provide faster and cheaper Internet access for Papua New Guineans.

“In healthcare we have a number of joint initiatives that are saving lives, our education capacity building programs are helping teachers in rural areas, and we have our police co-operation program is enhancing the capacity of police in our country.

“Last year, at APEC Haus, Scott Morrison and myself, with the Prime Ministers of Japan and New Zealand, and the Vice President of the United States, signed the Electrification Partnership project.

“I look forward to the ongoing engagement with the Morrison Government, and co- operation between our ministers in a range of areas that are of mutual benefit to both countries.

“I extend my best wishes to Bill Shorten for his future after his decision to step down from the Opposition leadership.

“Bill has a proud leadership history in politics and the union movement, and I am sure wherever his career takes him next he will make great achievements.”

File photo of AAP/The Guardian

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