India, Papua New Guinea To Sign Four MoUs


Port Moresby: India and Papua New Guinea will be signing four Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU)s in the areas of agriculture, health, information technology and infrastructure on the second day of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the Pacific Island country today.

President Mukherjee arrived in Port Moresby yesterday as part of his two-nation visit to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. This is the first ever visit by an Indian head of state since India established diplomatic ties with the country in 1975.

The President, who was accorded a ceremonial welcome followed by a traditional one on arrival, drove down to the Bomana War Cemetery to lay a wreath at the memorial built in honour of the soldiers of the World War II here yesterday.

He also held talks with Governor General Michael Ogio, Prime Minister Peter O’ Neal, the leader of the Opposition Don Poyle and the Governor of West New Britain.

A high level delegation including Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan is accompanying the President on the five day visit, which is aimed at energising and upgrading bilateral relations.