Who Is James Marape? Papua New Guinea PM Touches PM Modi’s Feet

Narendra Modi James Marape PNGvia

A wonderful moment always makes people smile and is applauded by everyone. Our respect for someone is shown in our actions that hold the power to melt hearts. Something similar occurred during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Papua New Guinea. It is none other than James Marape touching feet as a gesture of respect for him. Read on to learn more about the beautiful moment that is appreciated all over.


James Marape Touching PM’s Feet

James Marape Touches PM Modi Feet

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Papua New Guinea for consultations with Pacific leaders, he was met at the airport by his counterpart, James Marape, who, in an unexpected move, touched the Prime Minister’s feet. PM Modi is in the country for the Forum for India-Pacific Island Cooperation (FPIC). BJP national spokesman Sambit Patra tweeted in response to James Marape’s “remarkable gesture” for PM Modi.

“In a remarkable gesture, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea pays respects to the Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji by touching his feet.

This profound visual exemplifies India’s growth and influence under the leadership of PM Modi.” 


PM’s Reaction

PM Modi is grateful to the PM of PNG for meeting him at the airport. It is a really meaningful gesture for him that he will never forget. He tweets about his ecstasy.

Following his meeting with James Marape, Prime Minister Modi posted on Twitter. He wrote,

“Prime Minister James Marape and I had very productive talks, covering the full range of bilateral relations between India and Papua New Guinea. We discussed ways to augment cooperation in commerce, technology, healthcare, and in addressing climate change.”


Who Is James Marape?

James Marape

James Marape, a member of the PANGU Pati political party, has held the position since 2019. The 52-year-old made a distinction for Prime Minister Modi and has not done so for any other international leader.

In 1993, James Marape earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Papua New Guinea. He also holds a Postgraduate Honours degree in Environmental Science as well as a Master of Business Administration.

He is the island nation’s eighth prime minister, holding several essential cabinet roles in previous regimes. Additionally, he served as parliamentary secretary for works and transport and as a member of the parliamentary inter-government relations referral committee. In 2019, he quit the People’s National Congress Party and entered the Pangu PATI. According to the Guardian, there was a failed attempt in 2020 to destabilize his administration through a no-confidence motion.


Respect For Prime Minister Narendra Modi

James Marape Narendra Modi

Not only James Marape but also Joe Biden admires PM Modi and expresses his admiration for him in his words. After knowing about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to handle large crowds, US President Joe Biden demanded his autograph on Saturday.

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