Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday attended the presidential Inauguration of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Joko Widodo, in Jakarta.
He travelled to Jakarta on Sunday after briefly meeting with his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbot, to discuss the Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) in Manus and strengthening of the presence of the Australian Federal Police in PNG.
The Australian Prime Minister was travelling en route to Jakarta to attend the same event, when he stopped by to meet with O’Neill to discuss these issues.
Both leaders were invited to the Inauguration in Jakarta. Also in attendance were Heads of Government from the region and globally.
O’Neill will meet with President Widodo this morning to make his official acquaintance as well as discuss the Plan of Action to implementation of eleven MoU’s 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 PNG's hosting of the APEC Leaders Summit in 2018.
He returns to PNG on this evening in time for the October Parliamentary session.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Ministers, Rimbink Pato (Foreign Affairs) and Ben Micah (State Enterprises).