by Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV, Port Moresby
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill attended the Presidential Inauguration of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, in Jakarta yesterday.
He travelled to Jakarta on Sunday after briefly meeting with his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, to discuss the Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) in Manus and strengthening of the presence of the Australian Federal Police in Papua New Guinea.
Both leaders were invited to the Inauguration in Jakarta. Also in attendance were Heads of Government from the region and globally.
Prime Minister O’Neill will met with President Widodo today to make his official acquaintance as well as discuss the Plan of Action to implementation of eleven Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on trade and investment relations, business cooperation, border development and administration, development and technical cooperation and air services which were concluded during his official visit to Indonesia in June 2013.
In regional and international issues, Prime Minister O’Neill will seek reaffirmation of Indonesia’s support for Papua New Guinea’s hosting of the APEC Leaders Summit in 2018.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Ministers, Rimbink Pato (Foreign Affairs) and Ben Micah (State Enterprises).