PM farewells envoy

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The National, Wednesday June 26th, 2013

 PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill on Monday farewelled the Malaysian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Datin Seri Blanche Olbery, who will be leaving the country on Saturday.

Olbery has been serving in the country for four years and said she had enjoyed her stay in PNG and would be leaving with fond memories.

During their meet, Olbery proposed for a once-a-week flight to Malaysia and further requested for PNG to support Malaysia in its bid for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

O’Neill in turn wished her well and said Olbery was the most active Malaysian high commissioner PNG had ever had and he believed that the next high commissioner would continue the good work she started.

During the meeting, O’Neill extended an invitation to the prime minister of Malaysia to visit Papua New Guinea during the independence celebration this year and also proposed for an official visit to the Malaysia at the end of the year.

Following the farewell call, the prime minister met with Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao who arrived in the country to visit project sites and discuss ADB assistance with government officials.