U.S President Trump ditches APEC in PNG
3 September, 2018, 3:35 pm
PORT MORESBY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – United States Vice-President Mike Pence, who played an important role in bringing the 400-year-old King James Bible to Papua New Guinea is coming.
He will be attending the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – APEC – Leaders’ Summit in November in place of US President Donald Trump who has ditched his Australia State visit, the ASEAN Summit in Singapore and APEC in Port Moresby, all in November.
However, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill welcomed Pence with open arms at the weekend, saying that he (Pence) would make an outstanding contribution to discussions during his presence in November.
He said details on other world leaders’ attendance would be announced as they become available.
He said the people would warmly welcome Pence who would be leading a high-powered US entourage.
“Vice-President Pence is an outstanding leader, and we look forward to receiving him in Port Moresby,” O’Neill said.
“A man of great religious conviction, Vice-President Pence also played an important role in helping bring the 400-year-old King James Bible to Papua New Guinea.
“When he was the governor of the American state of Indiana, Mike Pence helped to bring about the support required for the donation and transport of the Bible to Papua New Guinea.
“The 400-year-old King James Bible now rests in our Parliament and I know our church leaders will look forward to thanking Vice-President Pence personally for his support.
“United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United States Trade representative Robert Lighthizer will also attend the APEC Ministers Meeting on November 15.
“Negotiations in the multilateral trading system are particularly challenging at the moment, and we look forward to the positive contribution he will add to these discussions.”
O’Neill said APEC member economies at times alternate representation among presidents, prime ministers, vice-presidents or foreign ministers depending on domestic and related travel factors. “PNG looks forward to receiving the President of China, Xi Jinping, as a country with which Papua New Guinea has a strengthening bilateral engagement.
“The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has confirmed his attendance, and this will be the second time he has visited Papua New Guinea.
“President Joko Widodo of Indonesia will return to Papua New Guinea after his historic State Visit in 2014.
“Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia will also return to Papua New Guinea, and he has a long and enduring relationship with our country when he was previously the Prime Minister.
“Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, has confirmed he will return to APEC having attended multiple Leaders Summits in the past in his capacity as President and Prime Minister.
“We look forward to continuing to provide details of leaders attending the APEC Leaders’ Summit in PNG as they are announced,” he said.