Aus PM’s colourful visit to Port Vila

Australian PM Scott Morrison first visited Vanuatu with his parents on a cruise ship when he was 10 years old – today he revisited in his capacity as PM – the first official visit by an Aussie PM to Vanuatu.

Mr Morrison and his party were welcomed on the tarmac by the Australian High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, the Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu, and custom chiefs.
Mr Morrison and his party were welcomed on the tarmac by the Australian High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, the Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu, and custom chiefs.
The party was also met by custom dancers.
The party was also met by custom dancers.

The first stop on the visit was at the residence of President Moses Obed Tallis.

Mr Morrison presented President Moses with an Australian rugby jersey, saying any Aussie would be very proud to wear the green and gold of their country, so it made a fitting gift on such a momentous occasion.
Mr Morrison presented President Moses with an Australian rugby jersey, saying any Aussie would be very proud to wear the green and gold of their country, so it made a fitting gift on such a momentous occasion.

While the Australian PM was whisked off to meet with the Vanuatu PM, his wife Jenny was treated to a visit to the Handicrafts Market House on the Seafront, where she was met by custom dancers from Penama, and met market traders and craftspeople.

Mrs Morrison is welcomed to the Mamas' market.
Mrs Morrison is welcomed to the Mamas’ market.
She was greeted by Kastom dancers.
She was greeted by Kastom dancers.
Mrs Morrison meets one of the craftsmen whose wares are on sale at the market house.
Mrs Morrison meets one of the craftsmen whose wares are on sale at the market house.

The Australian and Vanuatu Prime Ministers spoke to media following their private talks.

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Prior to lunch, Mr Morrison spoke to local and international media.
Prior to lunch, Mr Morrison spoke to local and international media.

The next stop was at the National Archive, where the two PMs talked up Australian-funded infrastructure projects.

Mr Salwai addresses guests at the National Archive.
Mr Salwai addresses guests at the National Archive.

The official party was met by two groups of custom dancers, who led them to the next ceremonial duty.

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Drummers beating hollowed tamtams provided the beat for the dancers.
Drummers beating hollowed trees provided the beat for the dancers.
Mr Morrison and Mr Salwai jointly cut the ribbon to ceremonially open the completed road project.
Mr Morrison and Mr Salwai jointly cut the ribbon to ceremonially open the completed road project.

The last stop of the afternoon was at the Police Training College, where Mr Morrison was greeted by a guard of honour.

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Mr Morrison and Internal Affairs Minister Andrew Napuat unveil a plaque to commemorate the Australian-funded upgrade of the Police Training College.
Mr Morrison and Internal Affairs Minister Andrew Napuat unveil a plaque to commemorate the Australian-funded upgrade of the Police Training College.
In the last stop of the day, Mr Morrison and Mr Napuat inspected the revamped college.
In the last stop of the day, Mr Morrison and Mr Napuat inspected the revamped college.

The Australian delegation and their hosts were later treated to dinner at the Blu Marlin Club in Port Vila.

Mr Morrison and his party will depart for Fiji Thursday.

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