Pato clarifies PNG’s vote

Papua New Guinea was not making any stance on the issue of whether Jerusalem should be regarded as the capital of Israel, clarifies Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato.

“But rather, it wanted to assist the peace process by bringing the Palestinians to the peace without the distraction of the issue of the capital city.”

The Minister was responding to a recent Loop PNG article on PNG being one of the 128 United Nations member countries who voted to reject US’ move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Papua New Guinea is a good friend of the USA, and did not join in the attacks on USA at the recent WTO, but showed some positive points to part of USA's policy,” stated Pato.

“Papua New Guinea has long been a good friend of Israel and strongly supports its right to defend itself and live in peace. The foreign policy of Papua New Guinea is to be a friend to all, an enemy of none, and to connect in a friendly way with all nations.”

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