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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has declared his full support for Fiji’s bid to have a representative as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
He declared PNG’s support while addressing Government and Opposition MPs in Parliament Monday.
O’Neill acknowledged the Fijian Government for giving him the unique opportunity to address Parliament, being the second leader to do this after Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
“Papua New Guinea is a friend of Fiji and also a Melanesian brother,” O’Neill said.
“The bilateral relations between us continue to grow stronger every year as we move together to build a stronger relation in trade and investment.
“Papua New Guinea also stands by Fiji’s leadership in the fight against climate change and in terms of our multilateral relations we must act together, particularly through agencies like United Nations.
O’Neill then praised Fiji’s unique contribution in United Nations peacekeeping.
“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Fiji on its 40th anniversary at the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions and that the Fijian military personnel saved many lives across the world should be recognised,” he said.
The relationship between Fiji and Papua New Guinea, O’Neill said remained vibrant in trade and investment continued to grow.
The global political economy, he added was currently experiencing a lot of challenges in geo politics, trade and investment across the globe. We as Melanesian and Pacific brothers must work together,” O’Neill said. “Look at opportunities which are good for our own and also for the region.
“It is therefore important that we continue to work together between the two countries, within groups such as MSG and the Pacific Island Forum where Fiji is the leader for many of these organisations.”
Speaking on their stand on climate change, he said that it had become a threat in PNG and many other countries within the Pacific region.
“We as Melanesians maybe small compared to the rest of world, but we are stronger working together,” the PNG Prime Minister said.
“Climate Change is real and it continues to affect most communities like cyclones and prolong droughts eating our economies and getting worse every year,” he said.
SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
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