On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the highest honours from Papua New Guinea and Fiji, which is a remarkable honour for someone who is not a citizen of the two Pacific island states.
Sunday was Modi’s first visit to Papua New Guinea, where he will convene an important meeting between India and 14 Pacific island nations to strengthen bilateral relations.
Humbled by the gesture of Papua New Guinea of conferring me with the Companion of the Order of Logohu. Gratitude to Governor General Sir Bob Dadae for presenting the award. This is a great recognition of India and the accomplishments of our people. pic.twitter.com/VDhqTJK6Ra— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2023
The Prime Minister’s Office declared it a “unprecedented honour for India” when PM Modi received Papua New Guinea’s highest honour.
Governor-General of Papua New Guinea Sir Bob Dadae gave it to him.
For promoting the unification of the Pacific Island nations and leading the cause of the Global South, Papua New Guinea awarded Prime Minister Modi the Companion of the Order of Logohu. Only a small number of non-PNG citizens have won this honour, including former US President Bill Clinton, it claimed.
Grateful to the people and Government of Fiji for conferring the Companion of the Order of Fiji on me. I thank PM @slrabuka for presenting the award. It is an honour for the people of India and a recognition of the strong ties between India and Fiji. pic.twitter.com/rhUPrE0Nvu— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 22, 2023
“I am grateful that the Fijian people and government have awarded me the Companion of the Order of Fiji.” I appreciate PM @slrabuka giving the prize. The prime minister tweeted, “It is an honour for the people of India and a recognition of the strong ties between India and Fiji.”
Alongside the FIPIC Summit, Modi had a “wonderful meeting” with President Surangel S. Whipps, Jr. of the Republic of Palau.
An Ebakl, one of the most crucial instruments for the Palauans, was given to Modi by Whipps.
Ebaki has a close connection to the regional culture. The MEA noted on Twitter that it also represents leadership and wisdom.
A special gift from a valued friend.
Ebakl holds important significance in Palauan society as a symbol of leadership and wisdom. pic.twitter.com/uba7GQNH3Y
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) May 22, 2023