Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka bestowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Fiji’s highest honour on the sidelines of the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea on May 21.
The Companion of the Order of Fiji is a significant honour to be received by only a handful of non-Fijians to date. It is awarded to people for their eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Fiji or to humanity at large.
On behalf of Fijian President Ratu Wiliame M. Katonivere, PM Rabuka bestowed PM Narendra Modi with the honour. The Prime Minister of India later dedicated the honour to the people of India and to the generations of the Fiji-Indian community, who have played a key role in building the special and lasting bond between the two countries, informed India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
The Prime Ministers also held a comprehensive discussion on a wide range of matters, with a special emphasis being put on strengthening bilateral relationship between the countries.
PM Narendra Modi co-hosted the FIPIC III Summit in Port Moresby along with his Papua New Guinean counterpart, James Marape. Prime Minister Modi announced a 12-step action plan to propel India’s partnership with Pacific Island countries.