New Delhi/Port Moresby: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Papua New Guinea counterpart James Marape on Monday held productive bilateral talks during which they discussed about ways to enhance the cooperation in commerce, technology, healthcare and tackling climate change.
PM Modi in a tweet said:
“Prime Minister James Marape and I had very productive talks, covering the full range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea. We discussed ways to augment cooperation in commerce, technology, healthcare and in addressing climate change.”
The MEA spokesperson in a tweet said:
“Synergising India-PNG relations.
PM @narendramodi held a fruitful bilateral meeting with PM James Marape.
“PM Modi expressed his appreciation to PM Marape for co-hosting the FIPIC III Summit in Port Moresby.
“Discussions covered strengthening partnership across sectors of trade & investment, health, capacity building & skill development and IT. Also discussed issues related to climate action and promoting people to people ties.”
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the 3rd Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).
A statement said: “Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Marape for the warm welcome and for co-hosting the 3rd FIPIC Summit.
“Both leaders took stock of their bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to further strengthen their partnership across various sectors, including trade & investment, health, capacity building & skill development and Information Technology.
“They also discussed issues related climate action and promoting people to people ties. Prime Minister reiterated India’s support and respect for the priorities and wishes of the Pacific Island nations.
“Prime Minister and Prime Minister Marape launched a translation of the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ to Tok Pisin language of PNG. The translated book is co-authored by linguist Mrs. Subha Sasindran & Mr. Sasindran Muthuvel, Governor of West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea. The book has a foreword by Prime Minister Marape.
“Prime Minister Modi congratulated the authors and complimented them on their contribution towards preserving the tenets of Indian thought and culture in Papua New Guinea.”