Philippe Janvier-Kamiyama, French ambassador to PNG flew to Madang this week to welcome one of France's Navy Frigate, FNS Vendémiaire who paid a two day visit to Madang en route to Japan from Noumea, The Post Courier newspaper reported.
The Navy Ship, commandeered by Jerôme Henry, FNS Vendémiaire commanding officer and lieutenant Pierre-Emmanuel Guennec, berthed in Madang, while the executives paid a courtesy call on Madang Governor Peter Yama and his Provincial Administration.
Yama said he was "humbled" by the courtesy call of the France government and invited Paris to set up a French naval base in Madang.
Commander Henry thanked Madang government for welcoming his 100-member crew who will be involved in travel halfway around PNG waters to train members of the PNGDF navy.
The French officials said that through the presence of its local authorities in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, France shared a common vision of the challenges in Oceania with Papua New Guinea, particularly on the issue of combating the effects of climate change.
"I particularly welcome the development of the LNG project exploiting the Elk-Antelope natural gas fields by Total," Commander Henry said.
"France attaches great importance to the promotion of multilateralism."