India’s PM Plans Summit With Islands Leaders In Fiji

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India’s PM Plans Summit With Islands Leaders In Fiji Modi reportedly wants to address climate change issues

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 9, 2014) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to use his visit to Fiji to meet with leaders of 13 other Pacific Island countries.

According to the Hindustan Times, Modi wants to meet with some other leaders in the backdrop of reports of growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific from heavy investments on infrastructure.

Sources say all the 13 nations have agreed to attend, most of them at the prime ministerial level or "some one at the number two or three level".

The main tangible diplomatic gains for India will be in areas like global climate change talks where the so-called "Durban coalition" of small islands and developed countries is cracking.

Pacific Islands have also become one of the largest voting blocs in the United Nations and India had set up an online communications system for the islands to win their support for the Indo-US nuclear deal several years ago.

Meanwhile, Fijian High Commissioner to India Yogesh Karan told the newspaper that there’s so much excitement about the Indian PM’s visit to Suva and people are asking why Modi can’t stay back longer.

Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama was one of the first international leaders to have congratulated Modi after the BJP was voted to power in May.

Karan said the traditional welcome Fiji would extend to the Prime Minister had in the past been given to top global personalities such as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Indira Gandhi.

He said Modi would also address a joint session of Fijian Parliament.

"Modi is one of the most admired leaders of the world.

It’s a privilege for Fiji to host him," said Karan.

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