On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly out on a three-nation trip to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Japan.
Following his participation in the G-7 meeting in Japan, where India is a guest nation, Mr Modi will travel to Papua New Guinea to co-chair the summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).
Points to Ponder:
Visit to Japan
As a guest nation, Prime Minister Modi will attend the G-7 conference in Hiroshima.
In Hiroshima, he will dedicate a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, highlighting India’s dedication to nonviolence and peace.
A special gathering of the Quad leaders, comprising Prime Minister Modi, U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Antony Albanese, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is anticipated to take place on the sidelines of the G-7 conference.
These leaders will get the chance to address regional and international issues of shared concern and look into potential areas of cooperation at the Quad Summit.
Visit to Papua New Guinea:
In Papua New Guinea, the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) meeting will be co-led by Prime Minister Modi.
The FIPIC summit aims to increase collaboration between India and the Pacific Island countries in several fields, including solar energy, sustainable development, and health.
Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea will be among the leaders of the FIPIC nations with whom Prime Minister Modi will meet in private.
During his visit to Papua New Guinea, he will also meet with Chris Hipkins, his colleague from New Zealand.
Visit to Australia:
Australia’s Sydney will host Prime Minister Modi.
He will hold bilateral discussions with the Australian Prime Minister with the goal of fostering collaboration and fortifying their strategic alliance.
The topic of discussion will be elevating the India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement to the status of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.
To strengthen economic connections and look into potential investment and collaboration opportunities, Prime Minister Modi will interact with CEOs and other business executives from Australia.