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Indonesian Ambassador visits PNG's Western Province

By Jim John, in Kiunga Western Province : FM 100

Vice Minister for Mining and Border Development and North Fly MP James Donald is looking forward to change the district and Western Province through a bilateral partnership with Indonesia.

He made this known after welcoming and meeting the Ambassador of Indonesia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands His Excellency Andriana Supandy in Kiunga yesterday.

He said the Ambassador's visit marks a significant time in the history of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in regards to border arrangements.

"We are recalling some 37 years ago where a treaty was signed between the two countries for mutual respect, friendship and cooperation and because of that, we have enjoyed that thus far. The treaty was signed on the 27th of October 1986. We are also recalling another agreement between the two countries on border arrangements that was also signed on the 18th of March 2003." he said.

Mr Donald said for mutual benefit of the people,  both Governments (PNG and Indonesia) are continuing to work towards reviewing, realizing and jointly implementing those agreements.

He said both Governments, through both the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of PNG and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia jointly signed the basic agreement between both countries on the 17th of June 2013.

The 2013 Basic Border Arrangement between the two countries outlined border management framework that governs all border issues including the management and proper administration of land border between PNG and Indonesia going forward.

James Donald mentioned that in 2022, during the Indonesia leaders dialogue, Prime Minister James Marape and the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo underscored their commitment to the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia comprehensive partnership and its plan of action as the main platforms for promoting peace, stability and prosperity for the two countries and their peoples, based on the principles of mutual respect, trust and benefits.

These includes improving in the areas of political and security, economic, education and training, culture and tourism and people-to-people contacts.

The Ambassador's visit to Western Province strengthens those agreements that were signed by both countries before.

The MP and Vice Minister for Mining and Border Development stated that border areas like Butmambin, Manda border post in Middle Fly District, Weam border post in South Fly District and in West Sepik Province, Green River, Scothio, Tumbolbil border post and Wutung border post currently in use can be upheld to access the Indonesian side and vice versa, in bilateral trade between two sides of the border.

He added that air service agreements, connecting Kiunga and Daru airports and nearby airports in Indonesia among other services can be established going forward.

Caption: Ambassador of Indonesia His Excellency Andriana Supandy and his delegation visit to Kiunga, Western Province yesterday- Pictures Supplied by Jim John

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