Dadae invited to visit Australia

PNG Governor General, Bob Dadae has been invited by his Australian counterpart for a state visit to Australia and to attend the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, made the invitation during his courtesy call on the PNG vice regal and Lady Hannah Dadae.

In a statement from Government House, Sir Peter said he would be happy to receive Dadae and looked forward to welcoming him.

“As Governor-General of Australia, I would like to assure you of Australia’s abiding commitment to PNG as our closest neighbor… and in representing the 24 million people of Australia, of our ongoing support and friendship to Papua New Guinea,” Sir Peter said.

Dadae thanked the Australian government for its support towards preparations for the APEC meet in 2018 saying Sir Peter Cosgrove’s visit to PNG signifies the close relations shared between PNG and Australia and that both countries should continue to strengthen in years to come.

Sir Peter also related to Dadae his first visit to PNG and Government in 1972 as the Aide de Camp to then Governor General of Australia, Sir Paul Hasluck, who was invited to open the Third House of Assembly.

He also recalled his involvement in the Australian army in charge of delivering aid to people of Sohano in East Sepik Province during the 1998 tsunami.

Cosgrove said he was touched by the resilience of the people affected by the disaster that despite the loss of lives and homes, the people there showed great courage and determination to move on with their lives as best they could.

Both Governor-Generals will attend the  ANZAC Dawn Service.

 

Picture credit: Government House Public Relations

Author: 
Cedric Patjole