19 May 2023

PM Modi Leaves For Visit To Japan, Papua New Guinea, Australia; Why PM's Visit Is Significant

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going on a six-day visit to Japan, Papua New Guinea and Australia on Friday. During this, PM Modi can participate in more than 40 programs. At the same time, he will participate in some major multilateral summits including the G-7 Quad group in the scheduled program. PM Modi will interact with more than two dozen world leaders in the summits. Including bilateral meetings. 

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida has invited PM Modi to participate in this summit. Japan is presiding over the G-7 summit. During the summit, PM Modi will discuss various topics with the partner countries in the G-7 sessions. These include issues such as sustainable peace, stability and prosperity, food, fertilizer and energy security, health, gender equality, climate change and the environment, resilient infrastructure and development cooperation.

In his departure statement ahead of foreign visit, PM Modi said: "It will be a pleasure to meet Prime Minister Kishida again after his recent visit to India for the India – Japan Summit. My presence in this G7 Summit is particularly meaningful as India holds the G20 Presidency this year. I look forward to exchanging views with the G7 countries and other invited partners on challenges that the world faces and the need to collectively address them. I would also be holding bilateral meetings with some of the leaders attending the Hiroshima G7 Summit."

Why is Modi's visit to Japan important?

World leaders have arrived for the 49th G7 summit in Hiroshima. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States are in this group. India has been invited as the guest country. According to the information, PM Modi will participate in three formal sessions. 

The first two sessions will be held on May 20 and the third session on May 21. As per the schedule of the G7 summit, the first session will focus on food and health and gender equality. The second session will be in the name of climate change and environment. In the third session, the topic of a peaceful, sustainable and progressive world will be discussed. India has been strongly speaking on the subjects of all the three sessions from various fora.

First ever visit by any Indian PM to Papua New Guinea  

PM Modi said from Japan, he will be visiting Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. This will be Modi's first visit, as also the first ever visit by any Indian Prime Minister, to Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

PM Modi will host on 22 May 2023 the 3rd Summit of the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC III Summit) jointly with James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. 

Modi said: "I am grateful that all 14 Pacific Island Countries (PIC) have accepted the invitation to attend this important Summit. FIPIC had been launched during my visit to Fiji in 2014, and I look forward to engaging with the PIC Leaders on issues that bring us together, such as climate change and sustainable development, capacity building and training, health and well-being, infrastructure and economic development."

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