PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neil is in the country to strengthen ties with Fiji.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola received Mr O'Neil and his high level delegation at the Nausori Airport yesterday afternoon.
He said PNG and Fiji continued to enjoy a close relationship which he assured would continue to grow and strengthen not only between the people but also in businesses and other relations they had established.
"We look forward to work with you and your government and the people of Fiji in the years to come," Mr O'Neil said.
"We also look forward to more increases in trade opportunities and also family and friends relationships, which we have enjoyed over the past few years," he said.
Mr O'Neil said PNG continued to grow as a country and they continued to receive a lot of support from Fiji.
He then assured his Fiji counterpart that after their bilateral meeting at Borron House in Suva his country would engage with Fiji in their regional and international obligations.
"I want to assure you Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama that we will continue to support Fiji in many of those issues," he said.
Ratu Inoke said the meeting was an important opportunity for both countries to advance their desires towards strengthening their bilateral relations.
Mr O'Neil said he looked forward to receive Fiji's delegation in PNG hopefully next month for the Asian Pacific Caribbean meeting.
Meanwhile, Mr O'Neil is also in Fiji for the Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) sponsored golf tournament and the launch of the change of ownership of the Pearl Resort.
He will be returning to Port Moresby on Monday next week.