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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s visit tomorrow is a milestone in the nation’s global engagement.

Marape said Macron’s visit marked the first time a French president has visited an independent country in the Pacific, showcasing PNG’s growing connectivity with the world.

“This historic visit by President Macron exemplifies the profound connectivity that Papua New Guinea is forging with the international community,” Marape said.

“In today’s interconnected virtual realm of commerce, real-time trade, and foreign relations, the visit by the French president bodes well for PNG.

“We eagerly anticipate strengthening our ties with this influential G7 economy.”

President Macron and Marape met earlier this year in Gabon, Central Africa, during the One-Forest Summit.

“In anticipation of President Macron’s visit, Papua New Guinea stands ready to engage in productive dialogues and explore new avenues of cooperation with France.

“The visit bears the potential to further elevate Papua New Guinea’s global presence and unlock new opportunities for mutual growth and prosperity,” Marape said.

In recent months, Marape has had fruitful discussions with several world leaders, notably, the one-day State visit by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo which resulted in tangible benefits, including the establishment of direct flights between Port Moresby and Bali.

Marape also held talks with the President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, during the Korea-Pacific Islands Summit.

He also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States secretary of state Antony Blinken, and New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, strengthening ties and fostering positive developments.

Marape expressed his commitment to advancing bilateral relations and addressing critical issues of mutual concern with visiting dignitaries.