Business News/ News / World/  ‘India believes in multilateralism,’ says PM Modi at FIPIC Summit, emphasises Indo-Pacific cooperation

While co-chairing the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India believes in multilateralism and supports a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, adding, “You can count on India as a reliable partner."

During his speech at the forum, PM Modi expressed his perspective that the Pacific island nations should be seen as "large ocean countries" rather than simply "small island states."

PM Modi and Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, James Marape, jointly chaired the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit. The summit witnessed the participation of 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

During his speech at the FIPIC Summit, PM Modi stated that India is prepared to openly share its experiences and capabilities with the Pacific island countries, without any reservation or hesitation.

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Papua New Guinea engaged in a bilateral meeting in Port Moresby.

The discussions encompassed various areas of cooperation, including commerce, technology, healthcare, and climate change. Prime Minister Modi described the talks as fruitful, emphasizing that they encompassed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea.

Additionally, both leaders unveiled a translated version of the Tamil classic 'Thirukkural' in the Tok Pisin language of Papua New Guinea. The book launch was jointly conducted by the Prime Ministers of India and Papua New Guinea and co-authored by Subha Sasindran and Governor Sasindran Muthuvel of West New Britain Province.

PM Modi's visit to Papua New Guinea marked the second leg of his three-country tour. During his arrival, the Indian national anthem played, and the two prime ministers stood in respect. Furthermore, PM Modi was honoured with a guard of honour upon his arrival.

(With inputs from agencies)

Mausam Jha
A journalist covering International Relations, and Business.
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Updated: 22 May 2023, 10:14 AM IST
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