6 Jun 2014

Japan's Abe due in PNG in July

1:36 pm on 6 June 2014

The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has confirmed that the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will visit PNG from July the 10th to the 12th.

Mr O'Neill told reporters upon his return from Japan that Mr Abe will visit Port Moresby and other parts of PNG, including Wewak.

His visit will be the first of a Japanese prime minister since 1985 when Yasuhiro Nakasone was in PNG.

Mr O'Neill says this shows the confidence a member of the G7 group has in PNG.

He has also appealed to the media to be positive and stop being negative as the country is moving forward in its major developments.

Mr O'Neill was in Japan to witness the arrival of the first gas shipment from PNG's 19 billion US dollar LNG project.