PM Modi, while speaking at the forum also said that for him, the Pacific island nations are “large ocean countries and not small island states”.
PM Modi co-chaired the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape. Notably, 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are participating in the summit.
Speaking on the impact of the Covid pandemic, the Prime Minister added that it was seen the most in the Global South.
“Challenges related to climate change, natural disasters, hunger, poverty and health were already there, now new problems are arising…I am happy that India stood by its friendly Pacific Island countries in times of difficulty,” PM Modi added.
James Marape, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, also lauded India's leadership on the global platform, as he thanked him for the support. "We are victims of global powerplay... You (PM Modi) are the leader of the Global South. We will rally behind your (India) leadership at global forums," Marape said.
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