Prime Minister Marape: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visit ‘Unprecedented’

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – With only seven days remaining until the Forum for India and Pacific Island Co-operation, Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea has urged the nation to set aside their differences and unite in demonstrating their Melanesian hospitality to international leaders. This call for unity comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares for his visit to Papua New Guinea.

In a press conference this morning, Prime Minister Marape emphasized the significance of the upcoming event, stating that it holds greater importance than the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting. He expressed that discussions during the forum would revolve around Papua New Guinea’s vested interests, calling upon the nation to rise above their common issues.

“APEC was a scheduled meeting where economies hosted annual gatherings. However, the upcoming meeting next Monday is unprecedented, as two global powerhouse leaders have chosen to visit our country on their own accord,” stated Prime Minister Marape.

To accommodate the arrival of Prime Minister Modi and other international leaders, schools and public servants will experience downsizing on Monday 22nd May. This downsizing will involve a partial shutdown of schools and potential adjustments to the functioning of the cabinet. Furthermore, security measures will be intensified in Port Moresby to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for distinguished visitors.

City Governor Powers Parkup echoed Prime Minister Marape’s sentiments, urging residents to respect the traditions and properties of their city. He emphasized that Port Moresby carried the face and image of its people, and it was their responsibility to showcase the country and its culture.

The schedule for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is as follows:

  • Arrival and Meeting with Indian Community: Prime Minister Modi will be the first to arrive and will meet with members of the Indian community in Port Moresby.
  • Courtesy Call on Governor General: The next morning, on Monday, May 22nd, Prime Minister Modi will pay a courtesy call on Governor General Bob Dadae at Government House.
  • Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Marape: At 9:15 am, Prime Minister Modi will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Marape to discuss various issues of mutual interest.
  • Summit with Pacific Leaders: From 10 am to 12 pm, Prime Minister Modi will engage in discussions with Pacific leaders at The Forum for India Pacific Islands Corporation Summit.
  • Additional Meetings: Following lunch, Prime Minister Modi will participate in further meetings, and then depart to provide ample time for Prime Minister Marape to prepare for his meeting with US President Joe Biden.

The National Executive Council has endorsed potential agreements that will be formalized during Prime Minister Modi’s visit and will be elaborated upon in the coming days.

As preparations intensify in the capital city, Papua New Guinea eagerly awaits the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other global leaders for the Forum for India and Pacific Island Co-operation. This historic event promises to strengthen ties between India and the Pacific Island nations and foster discussions on shared interests and regional cooperation.

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