Wednesday 29th March 2017
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho presented her diplomatic Credentials to the Governor General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Mr. Bob Dadae, KSt.J at the Government House in Port Moresby, becoming the first Head of a diplomatic Mission to present Letters of Credence to the new Governor-General.
The Princess has diplomatic accreditation to Papua New Guinea with ambassadorial residence in Canberra, Australia.
In what was an auspicious and moving presentation ceremony, the Governor General assured the High Commissioner of the historical and diplomatic ties maintained between the 2 countries and of the deepening relations forged at all levels and at the people-to-people level. Papua New Guinea remains a close friend of Tonga and will assist Tonga continuously in view of this proactive partnership. The diplomatic relations between the two countries have been in cordial existence for thirty-six years since its establishment in 1980. The Princess expressed her tribute to the work of Tongan missionaries whom were early Tongan diplomats to Papua New Guinea and the commitment of her responsibility to strengthen the close relationship between the 2 Nations.
Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho arrived in Port Moresby on Monday 27th March 2017 on a 3-day official assignment. She has held meetings with Government Ministers and senior Government officials and will be meeting the Hon. Peter O’Neill, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (today) before she returns to Canberra. A courtesy meeting with the Hon. Justin Tkatchenko MP, PNG’s Minister of Sports, re-affirmed again the commitment of Papua New Guinea to assist Tonga in the preparations for the Pacific Games 2019. The Princess High Commissioner is most grateful for the close ties between the Kingdom and Papua New Guinea, maintained at the Prime Ministerial level under the charge of the Prime Minister of Tonga, the Hon. Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.
The High Commissioner also visited the grave of the late Rev. Sione Kami and laid a wreath in honour of his evangelical legacy and in memory of Tongan missionaries whom had served the Lord and spread the Gospel in Papua New Guinea. On Tuesday evening, the Tongan community in Port Moresby graciously hosted a community meeting with the Princess which was a most moving and festive ocassion. The Tongan community comprises of descendants of early missionaries from Tonga, Tongans married to PNG nationals, Tongans on employment assignments and Tongan students whom are currently studying at PNG universities.
The Princess thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of the Government and the people of Papua New Guinea and the opportunity to meet the sizable Tongan community in Port Moresby whom contribute to the special historical and diplomatic relations between the 2 Nations.
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