Prime Minister James Marape expressed his enthusiasm for the goodwill visit of two large Indian naval vessels to Papua New Guinea (PNG), stating that it signifies a promising future for India-PNG relations.
The visit, closely following the historic presence of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in May, reinforces the bilateral ties between the two nations.
The reception, which was held recently aboard INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata berthed in Port Moresby Harbour, was attended by esteemed guests, including Government Ministers, Governors, members of the diplomatic corps, business community, public service, and military personnel.
During the reception, PM Marape extended a warm welcome to the captains and crews of the two Indian navy vessels, emphasizing the significance of their visit from distant shores.
He praised the swift return to PNG following Prime Minister Modi’s visit, which had left a lasting impact on the nation.
“We appreciate the presence of these two esteemed navy ships in Port Moresby Harbour.”
“May this visit be the inception of regular exchanges and collaborations between our defense force and the Indian defense force, fostering stronger bonds between our two navies.”
Prime Minister Marape also highlighted the existing robust government-to-government and people-to-people relationship between India and PNG.
He expressed his desire to further strengthen these ties through increased engagements and cooperation in various sectors.
The visit of the Indian naval vessels signifies a positive step towards enhancing mutual cooperation and friendship between India and PNG.
The governments of both nations remain committed to deepening their partnership for the benefit of their people.