PNG, US Sign Agreement on board USS Michael Murphy

Signing Remarks of Ambassador Ebert-Gray, October 7, 2018, USS Michael  Murphy

I am proud to be standing here with my now long-time friend, and trusted partner, Minister Pato.

The document we just signed demonstrates the earnest intent, on behalf, of both of our governments, to deepen security links between our two nations.

I am confident that the three negotiations that we are undertaking will bring concrete, long-lasting results for our people.

They will allow the PNG Defense Force to benefit from U.S. training, equipment, and articles, and they will allow PNG officials to ride on U.S. vessels to carry out law enforcement and patrol PNG’s vast maritime domain.

Most importantly, they will enhance peace and prosperity not only for the people of PNG, but for the entire region.