Papua New Guinea (NNS) -- Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly completed a partnership-building visit to Papua New Guinea on Sep. 25, 2018.
Modly was in the area to meet with senior military and civilian officials to discuss bilateral and multilateral maritime security issues and efforts.
Meetings were held with Papua New Guinea’s Defense Minister Solan Mirisim, Secretary of Defense Trevor Meauri, and Acting Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force, Philip Polewara as well as Philip Leo, Director General for Law and Justice, Office of the Prime Minister.
Modly discussed, among other topics, improving our military-to-military cooperation, shared security interests, and the upcoming APEC Conference.
“We welcome Papau New Guinea’s focus on the maritime environment and their efforts underway to strengthen their maritime defense force,'" said Modly. "We look forward to continuing our cooperation and dialogue on ways we can collaborate in the future to enhance the partnership between our two nations.”
Modly's stop in Port Moresby is part of a multi-nation visit to the Oceania region focused on strengthening partnerships and cooperation.