Defence Minister Solan Mirisim said PNG will continue to work closely with New Zealand to ensure security and prosperity in the Pacific region.
Mr Mirisim met New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Winston Peters at Murray Barracks last Saturday for bilateral talks.
Mr Peters was part of the New Zealand delegation attending the APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby.
During the talks, Mr Mirisim thanked New Zealand for supporting the PNG Defence Force with training for APEC security, and for supporting the Kumul Leadership Training.
He also acknowledged New Zealand’s ongoing efforts in peace and capacity building in Bougainville. The ministers reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to strengthening the existing bilateral Defence relations between the two countries. The talks were also attended by the Commander PNGDF Major-General Gilbert Toropo and Acting Secretary for Defence Trevor Meauri.
Mr Mirisim said PNG would continue to seek assistance and collaborative efforts in combating transnational criminal activities such as money laundering, illegal human trafficking, illegal fishing, and illicit arms trade.
He said PNG appreciated New Zealand’s continued co-operation through the Mutual Assistance Program, and will continue to build on this partnership.