Sunday 8 November 2020
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape today congratulated United States’ President-Elect Joe Biden, who is set to be the 46th President of the United States, defeating President Donald Trump.
Prime Minister Marape also congratulated Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman and first Black and Asian-American person to serve as Vice-President.
Mr Marape paid tribute to President Trump for his support and acknowledgement of Papua New Guinea during his term, especially sending his Vice-President Mike Pence to APEC 2018 in Port Moresby, and signing a US$2.3 billion with Australia, New Zealand and Japan to improve access to electricity and the internet in PNG.
“I join with World leaders in congratulating US President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris on their election.
“The US Elections was an event that captivated the world, including PNG, with our people glue to their TV screens and Internet to get latest updates.”
US-PNG relations were forged in PNG during World War II and continued to this day, and formal diplomatic relations between the US and PNG were established on September 16 1975, when PNG gained Independence.
“I look forward to PNG strengthening relations with the USA under President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris.”
Prime Minister Marape added, “PNG also appreciates that a major company in the USA, ExxonMobil, is operating in the country.”