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Indian PM Modi upbeat on Fiji visit
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian PM Modi upbeat on Fiji visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who starts a three-country visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji today, says he is looking forward to seeking a global environment that supports India’s aspirations for economic development and a peaceful world.

“I leave for Myanmar, Australia and Fiji with a great sense of anticipation and fully conscious of the significance of the India-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit on November 12-13 in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw, the G 20 Summit in Brisbane Australia, the bilateral visit to Australia and the visit to Fiji Islands, where I will also have the opportunity to meet leaders of the Pacific Islands,” Prime Minister Modi said.

“During the course of these summits and my bilateral visits, I will meet over 40 leaders from countries representing Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and the Pacific Region, as also heads of many multilateral institutions.

“These meetings are taking place at a time of multiple global challenges. I look forward to seeking a global environment that supports our aspirations for economic development and a peaceful world,” he added.

Mr Modi said a closer strategic partnership with the Pacific in furtherance of India’s economic goals to promote security interests, including maritime security; and, reinforce efforts to foster a climate of peace and stability is the reason for his visit to Fiji.

“It is in pursuit of the same goals as well our historical and ethnic links that will take me to Fiji Islands, 33 years after the last visit of Prime Minister. It will be my privilege to visit Fiji soon after the return of democracy in September 2014. We also owe them a debt of gratitude for hosting our scientists on the island in support of our Mars Mission,” he said.

“I am excited about visiting Fiji as also with the opportunity I will have of meeting leaders and representatives of 12 Pacific Island nations. I am grateful to them for coming to Fiji at short notice.

“We can build stronger economic cooperation and closer partnership in international and multilateral forums with our friends in Pacific Island. I look forward to a future of regular engagement and more robust cooperation with Fiji and other Pacific Island countries,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia from November 16-18 and travel to Fiji next Wednesday.

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