During the Quad assembly in Tokyo yesterday, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese got here as much as Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a peculiar problem. Both leaders have claimed that they’re dealing with a torrent of requests from distinguished residents to attend occasions the place PM Modi could be talking.
PM Modi will work together with Australian CEOs, enterprise leaders and work together with Indian expats at a group occasion in Sydney on Tuesday. In June, the PM will go to the US on a state go to following an invite from President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The US leaders will host PM Modi for a state dinner on the White House.
According to sources, PM Albanese has mentioned that he’s unable to accommodate all of the requests he has acquired for tickets to the group reception in Sydney. The sold-out venue has a capability of 20,000 individuals however the Australian PM mentioned he’s nonetheless getting requests for tickets.
PM Albanese recalled his go to to India this yr when he was welcomed by 90,000 individuals on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, sources mentioned.
President Biden, presenting the same downside to PM Modi, mentioned, “I ought to take your autograph.”
“You are inflicting me an actual downside. Next month we’ve a dinner for you in Washington. Everyone in the entire nation needs to return. I’ve run out of tickets. You suppose I’m kidding? Ask my workforce. I get telephone calls from individuals I’ve by no means heard of earlier than. Everyone from film stars to relations. You are too in style,” President Biden was quoted as saying by sources.
“Mr Prime Minister, you might have made a major influence on every little thing, together with what we’re doing within the QUAD. You additionally made a basic shift in local weather. You have affect within the Indo-Pacific. You are making a distinction,” he added.
PM Modi will attain Papua New Guinea right now, the place he can be greeted by Prime Minister James Marape on the airport. Normally, Papua New Guinea doesn’t give a ceremonial welcome to any chief who arrives after sundown, nonetheless, a particular exception has been made for PM Modi.
The PM’s go to to Papua New Guinea is aimed to broaden India’s outreach to Pacific Island nations. The Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit, which can be held in Port Moresby tomorrow, can be attended by leaders from 14 nations. This is a uncommon alternative for these leaders to return collectively and talk about problems with frequent curiosity.
PM Modi has used his international visits as a car to advertise Indian tradition. In Japan, the PM unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Hiroshima. In Papua New Guinea, he’ll launch the Thirukkural, a traditional Tamil language textual content in native lanaguage Tok Pisin.
The Harris Park space in Sydney’s Parramatta suburb can be formally designated as “Little India” throughout PM Modi’s go to to Australia.