Dr Mike Evans

Israel celebrates opening of Papua New Guinea embassy in Jerusalem

In a significant diplomatic event, the Embassy of Papua New Guinea was officially dedicated in Jerusalem, Israel.

The ceremony witnessed the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, and a delegation of senior ministers from Papua New Guinea who traveled specifically for this occasion.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for the move and emphasized the deep historical and cultural significance of Jerusalem to Israel. He noted that the city has been the capital of Israel for thousands of years, the birthplace of many of its core values and teachings, and a hub of its heritage and traditions.

He commended Papua New Guinea as the first Asian-Pacific country to establish an embassy in Jerusalem, a decision that aligns with the shared commitment to these eternal values.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also highlighted the vast potential for collaboration between the two nations, especially in areas like agriculture, water, technology, health, and enterprise. He welcomed the opportunities to strengthen bilateral ties and work towards a prosperous future together.

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen echoed the sentiment, emphasizing that the decision to open the Papua New Guinea embassy in Jerusalem enhances the international standing of both Jerusalem and Israel. He praised Papua New Guinea for its friendship and support for Israel on the global stage.

Minister Cohen reaffirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ dedication to the goal of having 100 embassies in Israel and expanding representations in Jerusalem, further promoting the country’s innovations, economic prowess, and scientific capabilities to the world.

During his visit to Israel, Prime Minister James Marape engaged in discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen. These talks focused on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly in the field of advanced agriculture, and demonstrated both nations’ commitment to deepening their cooperation.

The embassy’s establishment signifies not only a celebration of shared values but also a pathway to a future of mutual growth and collaboration.