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PNG high commissioner to Fiji resumes duty

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Papua New Guinea high commissioner to Fiji Peter Eafeare has resumed duties in Fiji.

Spokesman to the PNG prime minister Daniel Korimbao confirmed that Mr Eafeare returned to Fiji on December 20, 2013, to resume duties following consultations with the government of PNG.

"During consultations, the PNG Government acceded to the Fiji Government's request for Eafeare to forego the deanship of the diplomatic corps in Fiji," Mr Korimbao said.

"Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and our foreign minister recognise the close and cordial relationship PNG enjoys with Fiji, with trade and investment expanding in the two economies.

"Underpinning this strong relationship is the commitment by Prime Minister O'Neill to provide $F18.8million (K25million) this year to help with the cost of running the general election in Fiji in September."

Mr Korimbao said the PNG Government wanted to ensure and help in every way to help Fiji hold successful elections in September.

"High commissioner Eafeare has a busy schedule on his hand this year.

"He has been directed by the prime minister to begin negotiations with the Fiji Government to develop a framework and schedule as to how the $F37.7million (K25million this year, and K25million next year) pledged by PM O'Neill will flow through to support the government and people of Fiji before and after the elections," Mr Korimbao said.

Mr Eafeare's immediate task is to facilitate President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau's visit to PNG, which takes place later this month.

Meanwhile, questions sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Amena Yauvoli remained unanswered when this edition went to press.