NZ Deputy PM In PNG For Talks
The New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters is in Port Moresby for a two-day meeting with the PNG electrification project and the Bougainville Referendum high on his agenda.
Peters travelled in from Australia yesterday where he attended the regular six monthly Foreign Ministers Consultations with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne. He was accompanied by New Zealand’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Chris Seed and his Private Secretary Nicholas Walbridge.
He met with Prime Minister James Marape for discussions then met with Deputy Prime Minister Davis Steven. Mr Peters, the Leader of the New Zealand First Party, was also scheduled to meet Bougainville President John Momis and Bougainville Affairs Minister Sir Puka Temu. “Refreshing links and building rapport with PNG is part of New Zealand’s ongoing Pacific Reset policy.
We are also likely to discuss a range of regional issues and the PNG electrification project which we are working on,” Mr Peters said in a statement. New Zealand ,like Australia and every other foreign partner, has played very significant roles in the Bougainville peace process.
New Zealand in fact is where the Bougainville Peace Agreement was brokered, which also included the referendum issue.
Mr Peters was due to have a roundtable discussion on the PNG Energy Round Table discussions on the PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) with Public Enterprises and State Investments Minister Sasindran Muthuvel, PNG Power Acting CEO Douglas Mageo, and heads of missions from Australia, the United States, Japan and New Zealand to discuss the PNG electrification project.
He was also due to meet with Chief Secretary to Government Isaac Lupari. Mr Peters and his delegation will return to New Zealand on Oct 5.
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