The National, Tuesday October 21st, 2014
 PAPUA New Guinea is committed to strengthening its bilateral relations with Indonesia, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.
O’Neill said this on Sunday before flying to Jakarta, to attend the inauguration of the newly-elected president of the country Joko Widodo.
He was accompanied by senior Cabinet Ministers Rimbink Pato (Foreign Affairs and Immigration) and Ben Micah (State Enterprises).
O’Neill said his government aimed to work closely with the Indonesian government in order to address issues of mutual concern. “Papua New Guinea highly values its relationship with Indonesia,” O’Neill said.
He said diplomatic relationship with Indonesia was formalised soon after the country gained independence in 1975.
“Like his predecessor, I look forward to working closely with President Widodo during his tenure in office to further strengthen and enhance our existing relations,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill’s itinerary in Indonesia included paying a courtesy call on the president today before returning for Parliament sitting. During the bilateral meeting, both leaders will discuss PNG’s  economic situation, trade and investment relations, border development and administration, development and technical cooperation and other regional and international issues.
O’Neill will discuss Indonesia’s support for PNG’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2018.
“Indonesia remains a great supporter of PNG’s intention to host this major regional event in 2018,” he said.