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President Macron visits Governor-General

BY JEFFREY ELAPA

French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the country on Thursday night, paid a courtesy call on the head of State, the Governor General Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae at Government House on Friday.

The visit was Mr Marcon’s first official engagement on his one-day state visit. Before Mr Macron and his delegates arrived at the Government House, a full scale search was conducted by sniffer dog Millie and his handler Jim Alain Baudoin.

The bus and the equipment used by the France team of journalists and media crew were thoroughly searched and cleared.

Earlier in the morning, the PNG police dog unit (the K9 team) and bomb squad also did a search around the Government House.

The President’s entourage departed the Stanley Hotel at around 8.35am and arrived at the Government House at 8.45am.

He was met by the official secretary to Government House Bill Toraso and was ushered up the red carpet up to the official ceremonial room and signed the official visitors’ book.

After signing the visitors book he was led into the State Hall by State chief protocol officer Noel Leana and was met by the Governor General who led him for a short meeting for about 15 minutes.

The two men discussed issues including the French government’s support to PNG in the forest management and reforestation efforts by supporting coffee and rubber plantations in the country and other crop rehabilitation projects.

It was announced that Total Energies PNG, the operator of the Papuan LNG will assist in these efforts.

Sir Bob also presented a gift, a portrait to President Macron at the end of the short meeting.
The President and his delegation then left the Government House and departed for Variarata National Park in the Sogeri mountains in Central Province.