PNG, Europe Explore Expanded Trade Opportunities

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PM O’Neill welcomes new Belgium Ambassador

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 24, 2014) – Bilateral trade and exchange between Papua New Guinea and Europe is worth almost K100 million [US$40 million] annually and both governments are positively pursuing ongoing opportunities to expand this further.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this on Tuesday when receiving Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Belgium Jean-Luc Bodson who paid a courtesy call on him.

Prime Minister O’Neill welcomed Ambassador Bodson and congratulated him on his appointment.

During their discussion the Prime Minister conveyed the condolences of the Papua New Guinea for the four citizens of the Netherlands who lost their lives in the tragedy of MH17. Prime Minister O’Neill said people around the world stand united in their grief and disbelief at what happened to the flight.

The Prime Minister said the United Nations Security Council resolution on Tuesday offers hope that the remains of victims will be respectfully removed from the crash site, and a thorough crime scene investigation can take place. In terms of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, Mr O’Neill further expressed Papua New Guinea’s gratitude for ongoing support to strengthen the national economy and facilitate development.

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