THE new Australian high commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ian Kemish, yesterday made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare at his office at Morauta House, Waigani.
Mr Kemish replaces Chris Moraitis, who left in mid-December.
The new diplomat is not new to PNG, he can even speak Tok Pisin, as he grew up in Port Moresby when his parents were teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea in the 1970s.
Mr Kemish said: “I am more than happy to come back and serve in the place where I grew up and I am looking forward to working closely with everyone.”
Sir Michael welcomed Mr Kemish and assured him of his support during his tenure.
“I assure you my Government will continue to strengthen the cordial bilateral ties we have with Australia,” Sir Michael said and extended an invitation for the Australian diplomat to visit other parts of PNG.