The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is in Indonesia to lead the official visit of the MSG Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
The visit was mandated by the MSG Leaders at its Summit which was held in Noumea in June last year.
The delegation will meet Susilo Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indononesia, and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marty Natalegawa.
The FMM delegation will be in West Papua for two days during the visit to meet with local Government officials and other relevant stakeholders.
“We are happy to undertake this important visit at the invitation of the Indonesian Government to be able to assess the application by WPNCL to become a member of the MSG to enable us to present a recommendation to our Leaders,” Ratu Inoke said.
“We fully respect Indonesia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and we further recognise that West Papua is an integral part of Indonesia.
“The visit will provide the opportunity to learn firsthand about the situation in West Papua and understand the aspirations of our fellow Melanesian brothers and sisters in Papua with regards to their representation by WPNCL to become a member of the MSG.”
It is envisaged that the visit will also deepen the economic ties and development co-operation between Indonesia and MSG countries.
Indonesia is an observer of the MSG.
The other members of the delegation include Rimbink Pato and Soalaoi Forau, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands respectively, Joe Natuman, Vanuatu’s Special Envoy and Yvon Faua, Representative of the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS).
– MINFO NEWS