On his arrival into Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka paid a courtesy call to the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea (PNG), His Excellency Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae at Government House in Port Moresby.
The discussion centered around prospects for future collaboration between Fiji and PNG on common interest particularly, on socio-economic developments and climate change.
The traditional presentation of kamunaga or whale’s tooth was accorded to Governor-General Dadae to convey Fiji’s respect and appreciation for the historical and traditional ties shared between our two countries and moreso to further advance regional cooperation.
Prime Minister Rabuka extended warm greetings from His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, the President of the Republic of Fiji, paramount Chiefs, Cabinet Ministers, members of parliament and the people of Fiji to Governor-General Dadae and the people of PNG.
Assurance was given that Fiji will continue to work closely with its development partners to build a sustainable future for the people of Fiji and the Pacific region.
Another important issues discussed during the meeting was the anticipated re-opening of Fiji’s mission in PNG.
In response, Governor-General Dadae congratulated Prime Minister Rabuka for his leadership and his re-election and role in the Pacific and timely visit to PNG.
He further conveyed his best wishes to Prime Minister Rabuka and his team for the deliberations they will undertake during the next few days in PNG.
The Governor-General said; “We stand ready to welcome the Fiji Mission back in Port Moresby”.
Prime Minister Rabuka will meet his PNG counterpart Prime Minister Hon James Marape today to discuss key areas of cooperation ahead of the FIPIC Summit to be held on 22 May at the APEC Haus.
The discussions build on the momentum of Prime Minister Marape’s visit to Fiji earlier this year during the PIFs Leaders meeting.
Fiji and PNG’s cordial relations is recognised through the profound history of the unique Melanesian culture and the historical links shared between the two countries.