On 9 May 2018, a joint communication on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Latvia and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea was signed in New York. The joint communication establishing diplomatic relations between both countries was signed for Latvia by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jānis Mažeiks, and for Papua New Guinea, by the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations, Max Hufanen Rai.
The Ambassadors expressed satisfaction at the establishment of diplomatic links and voiced hope that both countries would cooperate closer bilaterally and in international organisations. The Ambassadors discussed the political, economic, cultural and historical development of both countries and ways for promoting bilateral cooperation in culture and tourism. The parties were unanimous that economic contacts should be intensified, especially in the field of technologies. As the current agenda and cooperation in the UN were discussed, special attention was paid to the ongoing UN reform processes and the climate change policy.
Papua New Guinea is an Oceanian country with a population of more than six million. It is a constitutional monarchy, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Its head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General. There are more than 850 different languages in the country, and about the same number of local communities. The official languages are English, Tok Pisinu and Hari Motu.
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