Prime Minister Marape Welcomes  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister  Hon. Winston On  Pacific Tour

Tuesday 14 May 2024

L-R: New Zealand Minister for Climate Change Hon. Simon Watts, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Winston Peters, Prime Minister & Minister for Treasury Hon. James Marape, New Zealand Minister for Health and Pacific Peoples Hon. Dr. Shane Reti and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Justin Tkatchenko,  after bilateral discussions in Port Moresby yesterday. (photo: PM’s Media).

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape extended a warm welcome to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Hon. Winston Peters, during his Pacific Tour.

The welcome occurred at a bilateral meeting held at Sir Manasupe Haus in Port Moresby  yesterday (!3 May).

The meeting covered key bilateral issues including a review of the PNG/New Zealand Statement of Partnership for 2021 – 2024, and discussions on Defence and Security Cooperation, Trade and Investment, Education and Scholarships, and Labour Mobility.

Papua New Guinea marks the second destination in Deputy Prime Minister Peters’ five-stop Pacific tour, beginning in the Solomon Islands.

Accompanying Hon. Peters is a delegation comprising the Minister for Health and Pacific Peoples, Dr. Shane Reti, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Parliamentary Committee Tim Van De Molen, and Opposition Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs David Parker.

Following their visit to Papua New Guinea, the delegation will continue to Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Tuvalu.

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, presenting a curved wooden bowl in the shape of one half of a clam shell from the Milne Bay Province, filled with home grown, picked, roasted and packaged coffee, after their bilateral meeting yesterday.

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