PM Modi to leave for Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Friday
New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a six-day visit to Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Friday to attend some key multilateral summits including the G-7 group. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra told reporters that on the morning of May 19, Prime Minister Modi will leave for the Japanese city of Hiroshima on the first leg of his visit, where he will attend the annual summit of the G-7, a group of developed economies of the world. . He told that he (Prime Minister Modi) is going there on the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Japan, as the current chair of the G-7 group, is hosting its summit and India has been invited as the guest country.
Kwatra told that many topics related to priorities will be discussed in the meeting of G-7 group, including increasing connectivity, security, nuclear disarmament, economic security, regional issues, climate change, food and health and development besides digitization, science and technology. Issues like. He told that India will participate in three formal sessions, in which the first two sessions will be held on 20 May and the third session will be held on 21 May. The topics of the first two sessions will be food and health and gender equality and climate change and environment. At the same time, topics like peaceful, sustainable and progressive world have been included in the third session.
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The Foreign Secretary informed that Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of Japan and leaders of some other countries on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. He told that in the bilateral talks of Prime Minister Modi with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, other topics including economic matters will be discussed. Kwatra informed that Prime Minister Modi will travel from Japan to Port Moresby, where he will jointly host the 3rd Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC) with Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea on May 22. do
It is noteworthy that this will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Papua New Guinea. FIPIC, established in 2014, comprises India and 14 Pacific island countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Vanuatu, Niue, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Palau , Nauru and the Solomon Islands are included. Kwatra told that in Moresby, Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral talks with the leadership of Papua New Guinea. Along with this, he also has a program to meet Fiji’s Prime Minister Robuka.
The Foreign Secretary informed that in the third and final leg of his visit, Modi will visit Sydney from May 22 to 24 to attend the Quad Summit. He said that during his visit to Australia, Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on May 24. Prime Minister Modi will interact with CEOs of Australian companies and leading businessmen at a community event in Sydney on May 23 and will also address the Indian community.
In response to a question on the issue related to Khalistan, he said that India has been raising this sensitive issue with Australia and talks are on.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 18, 2023, 21:18 IST