PNG PM Assumes Foreign Affairs Role Ahead of US, India and Pacific Leaders Visit

Papua New Guinea is gearing up for a historic visit from United States President Joe Biden and other Pacific leaders on May 22. The visit comes as PNG hosts the Third Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation Summit, which will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from other Pacific Island Countries.

The preparations for the visit have been ongoing for several weeks, with the PNG government making significant efforts to ensure that everything is in place for the high-level summit. Prime Minister James Marape has announced that PNG is ready to host Prime Minister Modi from May 21-22 and has held a high-level meeting to discuss the preparations for the visit.

Despite the excitement surrounding the summit, the preparations have been somewhat overshadowed by the recent controversy surrounding the Foreign Minister, Tkatchencko. Tkatchencko was forced to step aside from his role after he called critics of a video posted by his daughter “primitive animals” during an interview with ABC on Wednesday last week. The comments have been widely criticized as racist and insulting, and sparked protests in PNG, as well as calls for him to resign.

As a result of the controversy, Prime Minister James Marape takes over as foreign minister for the duration of the summit. The move is seen as an attempt to ensure that the summit runs smoothly and without any further distractions.

The PNG government is determined to make the summit a success and showcase the country’s potential as a leader in the Pacific region. The visit from President Biden and other Pacific leaders is seen as an opportunity to strengthen ties between PNG and other countries in the region and to showcase the country’s potential as a key player in the region.

The preparations for the summit have been extensive, with the government tidying up Port Moresby and up-scaling security measures to ensure that the visit runs smoothly.

The visit from President Biden and other Pacific leaders is seen as a significant moment for PNG, as it seeks to strengthen its position in the Pacific region.

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