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For me you are large ocean countries, not small island states: PM Modi at Pacific Forum in Papua New Guinea

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Monday, while co-chairing the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea, that India believes in multilateralism and supports a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

While speaking at the forum, Prime Minister Modi stated that the Pacific island nations are “large ocean countries, not small island states” in his opinion. PM Modi co-chaired the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape. The summit is notable for the participation of 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

In his remarks to the FIPIC Summit, Prime Minister Modi stated unequivocally that India is willing to share its experiences and capabilities with Pacific island countries.

“India is proud to be your development partner. You can count on India as a reliable partner. We are ready to share our experiences and capabilities with you without hesitation. We believe in multilateralism and support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” PM Modi said.

Speaking on the impact of the Covid pandemic, the Prime Minister added that it was seen the most in the Global South.

“Challenges related to climate change, natural disasters, hunger, poverty and health were already there, now new problems are arising…I am happy that India stood by its friendly Pacific Island countries in times of difficulty,” PM Modi added.

India considers it its responsibility to convey the concerns of the Global South, their expectations and their aspirations to the world through the G20. This was my effort in the last two days at the G7 summit as well, he said.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his counterpart from Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby to discuss cooperation in commerce, technology, and healthcare, as well as climate change.
Prime Minister Modi described the talks as productive, saying they covered the entire range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea.

“Prime Minister James Marape and I had very productive talks, covering the full range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea. We discussed ways to augment cooperation in commerce, technology, healthcare and in addressing climate change,” PM Modi tweeted.

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