Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka today conferred the Companion of the Order of Fiji Medal to his Indian counterpart, Honourable Shri Narendra Modi on the margins of the 3rd Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) in Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister Rabuka bestowed the special medal on behalf of His Excellency the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere in recognition of Hon. Modi’s outstanding achievements and meritorious service to humanity.
The Companion of the Order of Fiji is the highest possible accolade that the Government of Fiji bestows to accord respect and admiration for service.
In his response, Prime Minister Modi expressed his sincere gratitude to the government and the people of Fiji for the kind gesture, adding India and Fiji are traditional partners and share common values.
Prime Minister Modi said it was an honour to have received the medal and that the act of recognition further demonstrated “our strong bilateral ties and our people-to-people links”.
Prime Minister Modi also dedicated the honour to the people of India and Fijians of Indian descent who played an important role in the linkage between India and Fiji.