Apart fromthe economic and social bilateral ties embarked abroad,the Papua New Guinea government is also expandingthe country’s police and Defence perimeters.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill sain PNG will soon engage Israel’s Defence Force withthPNGDF under a Defence Corporation Program to fosterthe skills and expertise of our troops.
Despitethe recent mishaps bythe country’s Defense Force personnel inthe nation’s capital Port Moresby, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill expressed confidence inthem still.
Mr. O’Neill said bilateral talks are underway withthe Israeli government to improver and enhancethe country’s overall security systems, specificallythPNG Defence Force.
“We have our own share of security problems like anybody else inthe world. Many ther countries are worse thaPNG,” said O’Neill.
Israel atthe moment has been going through its own battles.
Giventheir experiences and army capacity,the national government has confidence that this Defence Corporation Program withthem will improver discipline in our troops andthe intelligence units as well.
“The prime minister of Israel has invited me to visit him next week where will have a defence cooperation arrangement. The idea is to build up capacity within our defence force and intelligence units. We will be using some ofthe skills that Israelis have and link that with our concept to developthe national service for our young men and women,” O’Neill said.
Papua New Guineaand Israel formerly entered into bilateral relations in 1978 butthe relationship has been dormant for many years.
A technical framework cooperation agreement was signedthen.
The Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato inthe July parliament sitting this year toldthe house thatthe cabinet has agreed to sign this agreement.
PNG is expected to gain a lot from Israel in this renewed relationship, especially inthe areas of satellite and communications technology, and agriculture.
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