PM Tuilaepa meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Fiji

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

APIA: WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2014: Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is among 8 Pacific island leaders meeting with India’s visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Fiji today.

Only the second Indian Prime Minister (after the late Indira Ghandi in 1981) to visit Fiji, Narendra Modi flew into Nausori airport this morning and was met by Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Fiji parliament at 11.30 this morning after which he met with the Pacific island leaders.

The meeting with Pacific island leaders today is at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has asked for all Pacific leaders of government to meet with him in Suva. He had come out of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

This meeting is an opportunity for Samoa to develop stronger economic ties with one of the biggest economies in the world. Both Samoa and India are Commonwealth countries.

Later this week, the Pacific leaders will meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping, scheduled to take place in Nadi on November 22nd. This meeting will cover issues of interest between China and the Pacific region and the enhancement of partnerships between the parties.

Samoa’s delegation includes the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Afioga Fa’amoetauloa Fa’alē Tuma’ali’i; Samoa’s Ambassador to China, Tapusalaia Terry To’omata; Chief Executive of the Ministry of Finance, Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Aiono Mose Sua.