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PNG Prime Minister O’Neill Welcomes New Zealand’s High Commissioner

The Prime Minister,  Peter O’Neill  has welcomed the new High Commissioner of New Zealand to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency, Philip Taula.

On receiving the new High Commissioner, the Prime Minister said the two countries have a very proactive relationship that is built on many years of co-operation and a shared Pacific outlook.

“New Zealand’s invaluable support has contributed greatly to Papua New Guinea’s development over many decades and the relation is moving to new heights,” the Prime Minister said.

“I look forward to working with High Commissioner Taula during his tenure on a number of matters of great mutual importance that build on existing co-operation.

“Papua New Guinea thanks New Zealand for support in the lead-up to and during our hosting of APEC in 2018,” the Prime Minister said.

“This included our work with New Zealand and other APEC economies to initiate the Electrification Partnership program that will see power expanded to 70 per cent of our population by 2030.

“New Zealand has always been a genuine and respected partner in restoring peace process on Bougainville including the talks in Burnham and Lincoln University and other engagements.

“New Zealand has also taken a very important leadership role in global efforts to deal with international terrorism following the very tragic attack that took place in Christchurch.

“I again extend our deepest condolences to New Zealand, and highlight our respect the resilience displayed by New Zealand’s Government and people following that cowardly attack.

“Papua New Guinea stands by in global forums to support New Zealand in these efforts, particularly in relation to preventing the spread of hate speech.”

The Prime Minister said Papua New Guinea looks forward to continuing to strengthen this friendship, and increasing cultural and business links between the two countries.


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