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Marape invites Korean president to visit PNG

Gorethy Kenneth -

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has invited the president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol to visit Papua New Guinea.

Mr Marape and President Yoon met during the Korea-Pacific Island Summit this week in Seoul, to further embrace both countries' enhanced relationship.

The PNG delegation was made up of Minister for International Trade and Investment Richard Maru, Vice Minister for Finance and Implementation John Boito and Vice Minister for Treasury Solen Loifa.

At the meeting, Mr Marape announced to President Yoon that PNG will sign a visa waiver arrangement for diplomats and officials with the Republic of Korea's Minister for Foreign Affairs Park Jin.

Mr Marape also made a commitment for PNG to look into visa on arrival arrangements as well for both countries.

He also brought up PNG's request to re-open the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Port Moresby, and President Yeol indicated that his government will look into the issue.

Other matters discussed were the Korean Exim Bank's commitment to fund the Wewak and Vanimo wharves and the Exim Banks soft-lending facilities that PNG can open a credit line to access.

"We encourage the president, his prime minister and foreign minister to with PNG through a separate, specific bilateral framework that will embrace government to government, people to people, business to business relations as we fine tune our relations going into the future," Mr Marape said.

"I have also indicated to Yoon Suk Yeol that PNG will give support to Korea to host the 2030 world trade exposition in Busan.

Gorethy Kenneth - PNG Post Courier

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