US Envoy Bids Farewell
United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Catherine Ebert-Gray, left yesterday at the end of her tri-nation duty tour which began on January 22, 2016.
In her farewell interview in Port Moresby last Friday, the senior diplomat said how impressed she had been with the country and its people, describing her time in PNG as a privilege and an honour.
Full details of what the outgoing American Ambassador said will be featured in a series of thought-provoking articles in the coming weeks.
Her strong impression was that people of Papua New Guinea love their freedom and democracy and that is something shared in common by the United States in terms of people-to-people relations. She foretold that relations between the United States and PNG is on the threshold of a new era, adding that PNG is an emerging leader in the region.
What Ms Ebert-Gray said is amplified by the building of a state-of-the-art embassy building in Port Moresby, elevating the US presence from small to extra large (details in Tuesday edition).
An outdoors person, Ms Ebert-Gray bid an impassioned farewell to a country she clearly enjoyed, emphasising the beauty of the land and the honesty of the people. She underlined her sincerity in saying this by hinting she may one day return with her ageing parents.
To bring her senior parents to show them the country says something about the promise this country, the environment and its people holds. It further underpins her earlier statement about how she felt about her time in PNG; that her time here had been both a privilege and an honour.
The greatest asset of PNG is the natural beauty of the land and its smiling people which Ebert-Gray spoke of at some length. The incoming United States envoy arrives on Thursday.
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