23 Oct 2013

PNG PM talks of benefits of growing relationship with Israel

9:03 pm on 23 October 2013

PNG's Prime Minister says his government has reached an agreement that will see visas issued for Papua New Guineans on arrival in Israel and vice versa.

Announcing this upon his return from a state visit to Israel, Peter O'Neill has also questioned why Australia is still not granting visas to Papua New Guineans on arrival despite close transnational links.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Mr O'Neill has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to include the construction of an embassy in Tel Aviv in next year's budget.

While in Israel, the Prime Minister signed a memorandum of agreement with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu that paves the way for special training of PNG's security forces, and assistance in defence intelligence for border surveillance and technology to deter illegal fishing and logging.

Mr O'Neill says the PNG-Israel relationship is a growing one and will benefit his country tremendously.