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Israeli govt to subsidise PNG embassy rental

The Israeli government will help Papua New Guinea “subsidise” its office rental, an official from the Sderot Yitshak Rabin 9 office which houses the Foreign Affairs office said from Jerusalem.

But the office has advised “the responsibility for Israel to take charge of PNG Embassy in terms of office allocation as announced by Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea was the prerogative of our Prime Minister (Benjamin Netanyahu).

“The arrangements you refer to is between your PNG Prime Minister Honourable James Marape and our Prime Minister and I would not be privy to that information,” the officials said.

“But in reality these are government buildings and from understanding, PNG will subsidise,” the official said. But if we are paying for a number of years, the better.”

This is despite Mr Marape announcing on his departure that the Israeli government would “bankroll” PNG’s Embassy in the Holy City of Jerusalem for two years before the PNG can take ownership of all costs.

The embassy is located in the Jerusalem Technology Park at the southern end of the city, where Guatemala and Honduras also have their embassies.

It is a 200 square metre office place which if PNG was paying its rental would have cost K75,000 per month (including tax) as the office was located in one of Israel’s high-end office properties districts.

Mr Marape announced at APEC Terminal before jetting off to open PNG’s newest embassy in the Holy Land – Jerusalem – that the Israeli government for the first two years will pay for the rent of the embassy.

He also announced that the Israeli government indicated giving a piece of land to PNG government to build its permanent embassy.

But according to reports from Isreal through the paper’s establishment, the PNG government will have to foot about K75,000 per month (including tax) for this office which is located at a high-end building used by the Israeli government.

Mr Marape met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bilateral meetings and for the opening of the embassy, an office space previously used by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Israel, in a building south of Jerusalem.

Mr Marape also met with businesses among other government details.