Sydney: After visiting Papua New Guinea (PNG) to attend the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FPIC). PIC includes Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for the third and final leg of his current 6-day 3 nation Asia-Pacific tour. Here, he will be hosted by his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese and have talks with him relating to strengthening India’s bilateral ties w Australia and promoting Indian culture. PM Modi will also attend community events here which is “a core part of our multicultural community” to celebrate the Indian culture and the wide spectrum of Indians living there.
After his last visit in 2014, on his second visit to Australia as the PM, he aims to have “constructive engagements” about Indian and Australian “leadership, business community” and Indian audience. “Australia and India share a commitment to a stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific. Together we have an important role to play in supporting this vision,” said PM Modi.
As reported by the Ministry of External Affairs, as Narendra Modi arrived at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, there were more than 18,000 people waiting to welcome him. In response to a young girl of Indian origin singing a patriotic song for Narendra Modi’s welcome, he exclaimed “Ho Jaye”. Furthermore, he was also welcomed by an overwhelmed crowd of Indian-origin individuals who seemed ecstatic to see the PM. He will be there for the next 2 days to discuss strengthening bilateral ties with Australia.