From Hiroshima to Sydney: PM Modi’s Strategic Diplomatic Mission
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to undertake a significant diplomatic journey, spanning six days, to three countries—Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. The purpose of his visit is to participate in various multilateral summits, including the Group of Seven (G7) summit. The trip is expected to strengthen India’s bilateral relationships and address key global issues.
Commencing on Friday, May 19, Prime Minister Modi will begin his visit in Hiroshima, Japan, where he will attend the annual G7 summit of advanced economies, hosted under the Japanese Presidency. The invitation to visit Japan was extended by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. During the G7 summit, the Prime Minister will engage in sessions with partner countries on a range of topics, such as peace, stability, and prosperity of a sustainable planet; food, fertiliser, and energy security; health; gender equality; climate change and environment; resilient infrastructure; and development cooperation.
Following his participation in the G7 summit, Prime Minister Modi will proceed to Papua New Guinea, marking the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country. In Papua New Guinea, he will co-chair the third Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) alongside Prime Minister James Marape. The FIPIC was initiated in 2014 and includes India and 14 Pacific Island Countries. Prime Minister Modi is expected to engage in bilateral meetings with Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister James Marape during his time in Papua New Guinea.
The final leg of the Prime Minister’s trip will take him to Sydney, Australia. Although the Quad Leaders’ Summit, involving Australia, the United States, India, and Japan, was initially planned, it has been cancelled due to the US President’s need to focus on debt ceiling negotiations in Washington. However, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated that the Quad leaders are likely to convene on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Japan. Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Albanese on May 24. Additionally, he will interact with Australian CEOs and business leaders and address the Indian diaspora at a community event in Sydney on May 23.
The visit to Japan is significant as the economic relationship between India and Japan has seen continuous growth and deepening ties. Prime Minister Kishida visited India in March, during which he and Prime Minister Modi emphasized the responsibility shared by both nations to maintain and strengthen the international order based on the rule of law. They also agreed on the importance of articulating this vision at the G7 and G20 meetings. The two leaders further affirmed their commitment to collaborate closely bilaterally and within the G4 framework to achieve concrete outcomes regarding Security Council reform.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia aims to bolster diplomatic ties, address global challenges, and strengthen cooperation on various fronts, including trade, security, and sustainable development.
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