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Mainstream media and social media have reported that people are making comments regarding the world leaders visit this month especially US President Joe Biden and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This prompted the Prime Minister James Marape to make an appeal to Papua New Guineans to be cautious with their comments.

“I want to appeal to all Papua New Guinea commentators, on both social and mainstream media, to refrain from unnecessary comments and innuendoes about the visits of President Biden and Prime Minister Modi,” PM Marape said.

“Such visits are not easy to put together, as Papua New Guinea is not the only country in the Indo-Pacific region that they could have chosen to visit, especially at a time like this.

“Let us not take such visits for granted. I appeal to all commentators on both mainstream and social media to refrain from making unnecessary inferences, especially on matters that you know little of, such as global geo-politics and various other issues.”

Prime Minister said instead Papua New Guineans should appreciate the leaders of biggest world economies who chose to visit PNG.

“Papua New Guinea remains friends to all and enemies to none – a foundational policy that was deeply Pangu Pati’s at the time of Independence in 1975,” he said.

“Being friends to all and enemies to none, we have relationships with all countries. These relationships are invaluable.

“India is a huge country – a global economic powerhouse – and it is good for PNG that we have a good relationship with them. India is currently ranked as the fourth-largest economy in the world and will continue to grow bigger while USA is the number one economy in the world.

“The leaders of the USA and India chose to visit us when they could have easily gone elsewhere, so let us respect their choice to visit us.

“Let us put on a fitting welcome for these world leaders, as well as those from the Pacific, and make their stay a memorable one.”

President Biden will make a historic visit to the country on Monday, May 22, 2023. He will have a bilateral meeting with PM Marape as well as have a meeting with 18 Pacific Island leaders of the Pacific Island Forum, who will be in Port Moresby at the same time for the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).

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