The Prime?Minister, Hon. Peter O?Neill CMG MP, has written to offer his congratulations?to the Prime Minister of?Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe, following his re-election on December of last year (2014).
At Japan?s?General Election on 14 December this year, Mr Abe?s political coalition, made?up of his own Liberal?Democratic Party and the Komeito political party, received?a two-thirds majority in the Lower House of Japan?s?Parliament, called the?Diet. ?Mr Abe was subsequently re-elected by the Diet and announced?his Cabinet.
In his?letter, Prime Minister O?Neill congratulated Prime Minister Abe on the large proportion?of the vote received by?the ruling Coalition, and highlighted the ongoing?strengthening of ties between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
“Our?Government has every confidence that the objectives set by Prime Minister Abe?for his next term of Government?will be accomplished,? PM O?Neill said later.
?Papua New?Guinea?s trading relationship with Japan continues to expand, and in June this?year we had the honor of?Japan receiving our first LNG shipment.
?We anticipate?that we will see our trade and investment relationship continue to grow in the?coming years.
Prime?Minister O?Neill said Japan?s commitment to continuing to build ties with?Pacific Island nations has also been?enhanced under the Prime Minister Abe?s?leadership.
?Prime?Minister Abe has indicated a strong desire for Japan to be active in the?Pacific to increase trade and enhance?development.
?This was?demonstrated during the visit by Prime Minister Abe and his delegation to Papua?New Guinea in July this?year.
?Japan is?delivering a 20 billion Yen (K428 million Kina)?development package over a three year period in Papua New?Guinea.?
?This?covers a number of initiates in areas such as education, health,?infrastructure, law and order, rural development?and fisheries.
?Papua New?Guinea values our partnership with Japan and we look forward to this continuing?to strengthen with?Shinzo Abe as Japan?s Prime Minister.?
Prime Minister O?Neill said he looks forward to?meeting Prime Minister Abe in 2015.