Fiji’s Deputy PM Biman Prasad to be first foreign leader to visit Shri Ram Janambhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya

He will participate in programmes in the Indian National Capital New Delhi, Goa, Ayodhya and Ahmedabad.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji, Biman Prasad, is set to embark on a week-long visit to India starting Sunday, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Deputy PM Prasad, who also serves as the Minister of Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics for his country, is also the first foreign leader to visit Ayodhya after the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony at Shri Ram Janambhoomi Mandir on January 22.

The Deputy PM of Fiji is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Sunday around 21:35 hours, as per the MEA. His visit will span from February 4 to 10, departing on February 11.

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Official engagements will commence on Monday, a day after he arrives in the national capital.

On February 5, he will meet the Indian Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Education, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, along with a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Deputy PM Prasad will participate in a programme in the Indian National Capital New Delhi on February 6 and head to Goa on February 7 for another event.

On February 8, he is scheduled to visit Ayodhya, as stated by the MEA.

On February 9, Deputy PM Prasad will depart for Ahmedabad, followed by a visit to Gandhinagar.

Biman Prasad had previously visited India in February 2023. It was his first official trip to India. During that visit, he participated in a high-level Ministerial Session on ‘Strategies for a Sustainable and Decarbonised Future.’

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During the discussions, he highlighted the urgent need for global action on decarbonisation if the world is to genuinely fight issues like climate change, which has devastating impacts on people’s lives and livelihoods in small developing island countries like Fiji.

Prasad also called upon the developed world to support affordable technology transfer to facilitate a smooth and economically feasible energy transition. 

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