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Port Moresby, 20 May 23 - The Fijian Association of Papua New Guinea warmly welcomed Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka of Fiji and his wife, along with Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea and his wife, for a night filled with culture, friendship, and celebration. The event, held at the Stanley Hotel, symbolized the growing ties between the two nations.
The event was graced by Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. James Marape, and attended by notable dignitaries, including Minister for Police, Hon. Peter Tsiamalili, Minister for Community Development, Soroi Eoe, Minister for Justice and Attorney, Hon. Pila Kole Niningi, Chairman of Motu Koita and Deputy Governor, Hon. Dadi Toka, Police Commissioner, David Manning, and several others. 

Immersed in the vibrant Fijian and Papua New Guinean cultures, the evening showcased unity and camaraderie. The venue was adorned with exquisite decorations honouring Fijian Melanesian heritage, setting a captivating atmosphere. A highlight of the night was the ceremonial kava drinking, symbolizing the traditional bond between the nations.

Prime Minister Rabuka expressed heartfelt gratitude and emphasized the importance of the Fijian community supporting PNG in all their events, highlighting the mutual benefits between the two nations.

While Governor Powes Parkop emphasized the importance of mutual respect and connection through arts, education, employment, and sports, highlighting Port Moresby's potential as a tourism destination, not just Brisbane and Auckland.

Distinguished guests, including ministers and dignitaries, shared kind words and aspirations for further strengthening Fiji-Papua New Guinea relations. The Prime Ministers' joint cutting of a symbolic cake marked their commitment to integration and collaboration, fostering closer ties between the nations.

The Fijian Association of Papua New Guinea extends its gratitude to all attendees for their presence and support. This memorable evening serves as a reminder of the importance of supporting all Pacific Island nations as "Wan Solwara" - one ocean, one community, a testament to the enduring friendship between Fiji and Papua New Guinea, as well as a beacon of hope for the Pacific community.

The Forum of India Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) is currently being held in Port Moresby, with the arrival of leaders from various Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Australia, and India (Prime Minister Modi). The forum concludes on Monday.

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