India-PNG Strengthen Defence Ties: Appoints First Defence Adviser

  • 23 Apr 2024

On 22nd April 2024, Papua New Guinea (PNG) appointed its first defence adviser to India, signaling a step forward in defence cooperation.

Key Points

  • India's Commitment to Pacific Islands: During the third FIPIC summit in May 2023, Indian PM emphasized India's commitment to an open Indo-Pacific region and development assistance to member countries.
  • PNG's Acting Chief of Defence Bids Adieu: Commodore Polewara presented Col Napyo with a PNG flag, urging effective representation and cooperation between armed forces.
  • Formalizing Diplomatic Relations: India and PNG established diplomatic relations in 1976, paving the way for strengthened cooperation in various sectors, including defence.
  • China's Engagement: Chinese Foreign Minister's recent visit to PNG coincides with a feasibility study for a free trade agreement, indicating deepening ties between the two nations.
  • India's Pacific Focus: India's naval visits to PNG, including Prime Minister Marape's call for increased defence cooperation, underscore India's strategic focus on the Pacific region.