Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received an extraordinary reception during his visit to Papua New Guinea. It marked the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister to the island nation. PM Modi was warmly greeted by Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, James Marape, who humbly bowed down to touch Modi’s feet, a gesture of utmost respect.
Papua New Guinea traditionally avoids welcoming guests after sunset. However, PM Modi’s arrival defied this custom, as he received a grand welcome with a gun salute, a red carpet, and a personal greeting from Prime Minister Marape. This exceptional reception showcased the warm bilateral relations between the two nations.
PM Modi’s visit to Papua New Guinea was part of his three-nation tour. He hosted the third summit of the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) alongside Prime Minister Marape on May 22. The FIPIC Summit gathered leaders from 14 Pacific Island Countries (PIC) that rarely have the chance to convene due to geographical and connectivity challenges.
Expressing gratitude, PM Modi previously stated, “I am grateful that all 14 Pacific Island Countries (PIC) have accepted the invitation to attend this important summit (FIPIC).” Participating countries included Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Before visiting Papua New Guinea, PM Modi attended the G7 summit in Japan and engaged in bilateral meetings with world leaders. These consecutive trips underline India’s growing global prominence and commitment to strengthening ties with Pacific Island nations.
This emphasizes the significant events surrounding PM Modi’s visit to Papua New Guinea. It also highlights the exceptional reception received by the Indian Prime Minister, his role as the host for the FIPIC Summit, and the representation of 14 Pacific Island Countries at the event.