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U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander in Papua New Guinea 

January 30, 2023


Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea– Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to Papua New Guinea January 29-30 to underscore the U.S. commitment to advance shared interests toward building a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

During his visit Aquilino, joined by Joe Zadrozny, Chargé d’Affaires to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, met with John Rosso, Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister, Hari John Akipe, Secretary for Defense, Maj. Gen. Mark Goina, Chief of Defense Force, and other leadership in Papua New Guinea.

He also met with Win Bakri Daki Minister of Defense.  At lunch he met with Justin Tkatchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ivan Pomeleu, Chief Secretary.

This trip marked Aquilino’s first visit to Papua New Guinea as Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and underscores the importance of the U.S.-Papua New Guinea relationship.