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Fiji, Papua New Guinea honour Modi with highest civilian honours: ‘Humbled by the gesture’

The prime minister dedicated the honours to the people of India and thanked both the Pacific island-nations.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi being conferred with the Companion of the Order of Logohu by Papua New Guinea’s governor-general Sir Bob Dadae, at the Government House, in Port Moresby on Monday, May 22, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was on Monday (22) conferred with the highest honours of Fiji and Papua New Guinea, two Pacific island-nations, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The 72-year-old leader, who reached Papua New Guinea on Sunday (21) night as part of a three-nation tour, was to take part in the third India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit.

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The Indian prime minister was conferred by his Fijian counterpart Sitiveni Rabuka with “The Companion of the Order of Fiji” award for his global leadership, a rare honour for a non-Fijian.

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“Big Honour for India. Prime Minister Modi has been conferred the highest honour of Fiji by the PM of Fiji: Companion of the Order of Fiji in recognition of his global leadership. Only a handful of Non-Fijians have received this honour to date,” the prime minister’s office said.

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Modi dedicated the honour to the people of India and the generations of the Fiji-Indian community, who have played a key role in the a special and enduring bond between the two nations, India’s ministry of external affairs said on Twitter.

Modi also thanked the government of Fiji, PM Rabuka and the people of the island-nation.

Papua New Guinea also honoured Modi with its highest civilian order, Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL), for championing the cause of unity of Pacific Island countries and spearheading the cause of Global South. It was also a rare instance as very few non-residents of the island-nation have received the award.

Modi said on Twitter that he was humbled by the gesture and expressed gratitude to Papua New Guinea’s governor general Sir Bob Dadae and said it was a great recognition of India and the accomplishments of its people.

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