Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Papua New Guinea on Sunday, as part of the second leg of his three-nation tour. Upon arrival at the airport, PM Modi received a warm welcome and a video of PM James Marape touching his feet went viral. His visit to Papua New Guinea is the first ever by any Indian prime minister.
PM Modi also received a grand welcome by the Indian diaspora in Papua New Guinea as huge crowd was seen cheering on and clicking selfies with the prime minister. While Papua New Guinea doesn’t usually give a ceremonial welcome for any leader visiting the country after sunset, an exception was made for Prime Minister Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Pacific Island nation, who arrived after 10 pm local time.
PM Modi was accorded a 19-gun salute, guard of honour and ceremonial welcome apart from the PM James Marape’s special gesture of receiving him at the airport.
The Indian community in Papua New Guinea came in large numbers and showed remarkable affection. Thankful to them for the memorable welcome. pic.twitter.com/K1BT4RGe7B
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 21, 2023
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PM Modi holds talks with Governor General of Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Governor General of Papua New Guinea Bob Dadae at the historic Government House on Monday in Port Moresby, the Ministry of External Affairs said. As the two sides held talks, they also underlined the significance of India, Papua New Guinea ties and development partnership between the two countries.
Taking to Twitter, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi wrote, “PM @narendramodi starts off the day in Papua New Guinea with a warm conversation with Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at the historic Government House. Underlined the significance of – ties and development partnership between the two countries.”
PM Modi holds bilateral meet with counterpart: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Papua New Guinea counterpart held a bilateral on Monday in Port Moresby and discussed cooperation in Commerce, technology, and healthcare as well as in addressing climate change. Calling the talks productive, Prime Minister Modi said that they covered the full range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea.
“Prime Minister James Marape and I had very productive talks, covering the full range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea. We discussed ways to augment cooperation in commerce, technology, healthcare and in addressing climate change,” PM Modi tweeted.
PM Modi launches translation of the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’: PM Modi and his Papua New Guinea counterpart also launched a translation of the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ in the Tok Pisin language of Papua New Guinea. The book, which was launched by the PMs of India and Papua New Guinea was co-authored by Subha Sasindran and Governor Sasindran Muthuvel of West New Britain Province.
I would like to commend @pngsasi, Governor of the West New Britain Province and Mrs. Subha Sasindran for their effort to translate the Thirukkural in Tok Pisin. Governor Sasindran has done his schooling in Tamil while Mrs. Subha Sasindran is a respected linguist. pic.twitter.com/Tydq1lPckl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2023
“Indian diaspora keeping alive connect with the motherland! PM @narendramodi & PM James Marape launched a translation of the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ in the Tok Pisin language of Papua New Guinea,” Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
“Co-authored by Mrs. Subha Sasindran and Governor Sasindran Muthuvel of West New Britain Province, the book brings Indian thought & culture closer to the people of Papua New Guinea,” the MEA spokesperson tweeted further.
WATCH: The leaders of the 14 Pacific Island Countries (PIC), along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pose for a photograph at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit, in Papua New Guinea
#WATCH | The leaders of the 14 Pacific Island Countries (PIC), along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pose for a photograph at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit, in Papua New Guinea pic.twitter.com/x20u8DuaYT
— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2023
PM Modi co-chairs FIPIC Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi co-chairs the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit with James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are participating in the summit. “For me, you are large ocean countries and not small island states,” says PM Narendra Modi at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit.
“The impact of the Covid pandemic was most on the countries of the Global South. Challenges related to climate change, natural disasters, hunger, poverty and health were already there, now new problems are arising…I am happy that India stood by its friendly Pacific Island countries in times of difficulty,” said PM Narendra Modi.
“India is proud to be your development partner. You can count on India as a reliable partner. We are ready to share our experiences and capabilities with you without hesitation. We believe in multilateralism and support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” he added.
PM Modi said, “India considers it its responsibility to convey the concerns of the Global South, their expectations and their aspirations to the world through the G20. This was my effort in the last two days at the G7 summit as well.”
Papua New Guinea PM Lauds India: “We are victims of global powerplay… You (PM Modi) are the leader of Global South. We will rally behind your (India) leadership at global forums,” said Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit said.
“We all come from a shared history. A history of being colonised. History that holds the nations of Global South together. I thank you (PM Modi) for assuring me in the bilateral meeting that as you host G20 this year you will advocate on issues that relate to the Global South,” added James Marape.