PM Marape welcomes election of new US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape today  congratulated United States' President-Elect Joe Biden, who is set to be the 46th President of the United States, defeating President Donald Trump.

Prime Minister Marape also congratulated President-Elect Biden's running mate, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman and first Black and Asian-American person to serve as Vice-President.

He thanked President Trump for his support and acknowledgement of Papua New Guinea during his term, especially sending his Vice-President Mike Pence to APEC 2018 in Port Moresby, and signing a US$2.3 billion with Australia, New Zealand and Japan to improve access to electricity and the Internet in PNG. 

"I join with World leaders in congratulating US President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris on their election," Prime Minister Marape said. 

"The US Elections was an event that captivated the world World, including PNG, with our people glue to their TV screens and Internet to get latest updates." 

Prime Minister Marape said US-PNG relations were forged in PNG during World War II and continued to this day. 

" Formal diplomatic relations between the US and PNG were established on September 16th, 1975, when PNG gained Independence, " Prime Minister Marape said. 

"I look forward to PNG strengthening relations with the USA under President-Elect Biden and Vice-President Elect Harris." 

Prime Minister Marape added: "PNG also appreciates that a major company in the USA, ExxonMobil, is operating here."