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Rock star welcome for Indian PM Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Fijian counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama during traditional ceremonies of welcome at Suva's Albert Park. Photo by FEROZ KHALIL

Rock star welcome for Indian PM Modi

By ANA VURU

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a rock star welcome at Suva’s Albert Park after being accorded traditional ceremonies of welcome and then made an impromptu meet-and-greet with members of the public.

Despite the tight security, Mr Modi took time to shake hands with cheering members of the public and took selfies with students.

Earlier, he said he had been made to feel welcome in Fiji during traditional ceremonies of welcome accorded to him at Suva’s Albert Park.

Mr Modi, who is in Fiji for a one-day visit during which he will meet Pacific leaders and hold bilateral talks with his Fijian counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama, thanked the Government and people of Fiji for their warm welcome and hospitality.

He spoke of Fiji’s ties with India, especially the second and third generation Indo-Fijians whose ancestors came from the Indian sub-continent and had made Fiji home.

In welcoming him, Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji was proud to host a leader of his stature in world politics.

He arrived this morning at 6am at Nausori International Airport and greeted by his Fijian counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama, before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Mr Modi then met members of Cabinet before being taken to the Grand Pacific Hotel, where he was met by Defence Minister Timoci Natuva.

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