Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a six-day visit to Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Friday to attend three major multilateral summits, including those of the Group of Seven (G7) and the Quad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) announced Tuesday.
In the first leg of his trip, Mr Modi will visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima from May 19 to 21 for the G7’s annual summit of advanced economies, where he is expected to speak on challenges facing the world, including food, fertilizer and energy security. .
Prime Minister Modi will travel from Japan to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, where he will host the third summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) with Prime Minister James Marape on May 22.
It is the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Papua New Guinea.
Launched in 2014, FIPIC covers India and 14 Pacific Island countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Samoa, Vanuatu, Niue, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Palau, Nauru and Solomon Islands.
In the third and final leg of the trip, Modi will visit Sydney from May 22 to 24 to attend the Quad Summit.
Hosted by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, the Quad Summit will also be joined by US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan, the MEA said he is traveling to that country at the invitation of Mr Kishida. Japan is hosting the G7 summit in its capacity as the current G7 president.
“At the summit, the Prime Minister will speak at G7 sessions with partner countries, on topics such as peace, stability and prosperity of a sustainable planet; food, fertilizer and energy security; health; gender equality; climate change and environment; resilient infrastructure and development cooperation.” the MEA said in a statement.
It said Prime Minister Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with Mr Kishida. He will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the other participating leaders on the sidelines of the summit, it said.
Also in Papua New Guinea, Mr Modi will have bilateral arrangements, including meetings with Governor General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister James Marape, the MEA said.
It said the Quad Summit will provide an opportunity for coalition leaders to exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and put forward their vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
“Quad partners are deeply invested in the success of the Indo-Pacific. Leveraging our collective strengths helps Australia advance its interests and respond more effectively to the needs of the region,” Albanese said last month.
During his visit to Australia, Prime Minister Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Albanians on May 24.
The prime minister will also interact with Australian CEOs and business leaders and address the Indian diaspora at a community event in Sydney on May 23, the MEA said.
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