A delegation from the Foreign Affairs Department, led by Acting Secretary William Dihm, today met with the European Union delegation and for the first time since 1977, listed the organisation in the order of the presentation of their credentials to the government of PNG.
The PNG government gave recognition to the European Union because of its’ increased political role, along with development cooperation and trade and investment roles in the country.
The one-hour meet at the European Union office today was significant for both PNG and the European Union as PNG now recognises EU’s political role in the country.
The time was also taken to share information about developments taking place both in the relationship between the EU and PNG and to reaffirm that both sides had the desire to strengthen the relationship as the EU is an important development partner in to country.
Secretary Dihm explained why today’s dialogue was important for both countries.
European Union Ambassador Martin Dihm thanked the Secretary and his department for organising the meet and expressed satisfaction at the inclusion of a political dimension to the existing relationship.
The inclusion of Ambassador Dihm in the order of precedence is the first of its kind in the 37-year history of formal diplomatic relations between PNG and the EU.
Ambassador Dihm was accompanied by diplomatic representatives of the United Kingdom and France as well as the dean of the Diplomatic Corp and Ambassador of Indonesia, Andreas Sitepu.
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