India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Takes a Dig at Developed Nations in Papua New Guinea
In an apparent dig at developed nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday highlighted that despite the Global South being the most vulnerable in the world, "those he trusted" did not offer him help in times of need.
Speaking at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea, PM Modi said, "Today we are seeing disruption in the supply chain of fuel, food, fertilizer and pharma. Those whom we trusted didn't stand with us when needed."
"Today we are seeing disruption in the supply chain of fuel, food, fertilizer and pharma. Those whom we trusted, didn't stand with us when needed...," says PM Modi at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit, in Papua New Guinea pic.twitter.com/hflVjwPcca — ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2023
He further said that the countries in the Global South were hit the hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic. "Challenges related to climate change, natural disasters, hunger, poverty and health were already there. Now new problems are arising. I am happy that India stood by its friendly Pacific Island countries in times of difficulty," the Indian Prime Minister said.
James Marape, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, also lauded India's leadership on the global platform, as he thanked him for the support. "We are victims of global powerplay... You (PM Modi) are the leader of the Global South. We will rally behind your (India) leadership at global forums," Marape said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a three-nation tour amid the ongoing G7 summit in Hiroshima. He landed in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby on Sunday to host a key summit between India and 14 Pacific island countries aimed at boosting bilateral ties. This is his maiden visit to the nation, and also the first time that an Indian Prime Minister has visited the island country.