The presence at the G7 summit is especially meaningful as India is chairing the G20: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his presence at the G7 summit in Japan is particularly meaningful as India is currently chairing the G20.

In the departure statement ahead of his six-day three-nation tour, Modi said he would like to exchange views with the G7 countries and other invited partners on the challenges facing the world and the need to collectively tackle them. are keen.

“I will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the leaders attending the Hiroshima G7 summit,” he said, adding that it would be a pleasure to meet his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

After leaving for Japan, Modi said in a tweet, “…looking forward to a healthy exchange of views on a variety of global topics.”

From Japan, Modi said he would travel to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea – the first visit by an Indian prime minister to the Pacific island nation.

He will jointly host the 3rd Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC III Summit) on May 22 with his Papua New Guinean counterpart James Marpe.

“I am grateful that all 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have accepted the invitation to participate in this important summit. FIPIC was launched during my visit to Fiji in 2014, and I will join the leaders of the PIC Look forward to dialogue on issues that bring us together, such as climate change and sustainable development, capacity building and training, health and well-being, infrastructure and economic growth,” he said.

Modi will also hold several bilateral meetings before traveling to Sydney in Australia.

The Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese and, he said, will be an opportunity to “take stock of our bilateral relations and look forward to our first India-Australia Annual Summit in New Delhi in March”. ,

“I will be interacting with Australian CEOs and business leaders and meeting the Indian community at a special event in Sydney,” he said.

He said in a tweet, ‘This tour will further strengthen India-Australia friendship.’