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Fiji Police prepare for Modi’s arrival
An Indian Air Force Illyushin 76MD aircraft at Nadi International Airport ahead of Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit tomorrow.

Fiji Police prepare for Modi’s arrival

Fiji Police are liaising with an advanced security team from India in preparation for the visit tomorrow of that country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu says this is to allow for several issues to be ironed out.

“We have already met the security advanced team of the Prime Minister of India and they have raised a few security issues which we hope to work out before the arrival of the PM on Wednesday morning,” he said.

ACP Tudravu confirms some roads in Suva will be closed tomorrow.

“We will confirm later on the road closure and strict monitoring of movement of vehicles, especially along Edinburgh Drive and also Gladstone Road and Cakobau Road areas of concentration from GPH, Government Buildings, Albert Park. So these are the roads but we will be confirming that but surely we will have strict movements of vehicles during the day and also from the Airport to Suva and Suva to Nausori on that evening,”

ACP Tudravu is urging to public to co-operate with them to ensure a good flow of traffic during the visit.

In another development, Pacific leaders who are to meet Mr Modi for the summit in Suva have started arriving.

Among them is Tonga’s Prime Minister, Lord Siale’ataongo Tu’ivakano.

Meanwhile, an Indian Air Force aircraft has arrived in the country ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

The aircraft is an Illyushin 76MD known as the Gajraj or King Elephant in the Indian Air Force, which forms the strategic/heavy transport fleet. The aircraft is believed to be transporting bulletproof vehicles for Modi’s entourage as well as his advanced security team.

Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 33 years. He is currently in Australia where he attended the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.

On his arrival tomorrow, he will address Parliament and will be accorded a full iTaukei traditional ceremonies of welcome at Albert Park.

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