Prime Minister Modi arrived in Papua New Guinea, where he was warmly greeted by the country’s Prime Minister James Marape. As a gesture of deep respect, Marape humbly bent down and reverently touched the feet of the Indian leader.

On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Papua New Guinea and was warmly welcomed by the country’s Prime Minister James Marape, who has been in office since 2019. As a gesture of cordiality and appreciation, Marape embraced PM Modi upon his arrival.

In an unexpected and remarkable act, Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea embraced PM Modi upon his arrival in the country, and then humbly bent down to touch his feet. Responding with great respect, PM Modi reciprocated by bowing and shaking hands with the esteemed leader. The video capturing this surprising gesture has quickly gained traction on social media, becoming viral.

An extraordinary exception was made for PM Modi upon his arrival in Papua New Guinea, a gesture that has not been extended to any other world leader thus far. It is customary in Papua New Guinea to not offer a ceremonial welcome to leaders arriving after sunset. However, in a special display of honor and respect, the country made an unprecedented departure from this practice for Prime Minister Modi.

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Nevertheless, a unique exemption was granted to PM Modi, who disembarked from the aircraft approximately at 5:30 pm IST and was personally greeted by Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea. Here is everything you should know about the prominent world leader who humbly paid his respects to PM Modi.

Who is Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape?

James Marape is the present Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, assuming office in 2019. He is a member of the Pangu Party, the leading political party in the country that currently holds the government.

James Marape, aged 52, has held several prominent cabinet positions in Papua New Guinea, including Minister of Education and Minister of Finance. In 2020, an unsuccessful attempt was made to overthrow the Marape government through a motion of no-confidence.

PM Narendra Modi began the second phase of his three-nation tour by arriving in Papua New Guinea on Sunday evening, following his visit to Japan where he had a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.