India to boost ties with Pacific Islands

Published: 28th August 2012 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2012 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

India would take advantage of the opportunity to shore up its relations with the small island states at Pacific Islands Forum. These islands had often offered crucial support to India at multilateral fora.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed would lead the Indian delegation at the post-forum dialogue partners meeting at Cooks Islands on August 31. Sources said India has had only limited interaction with the Pacific Island states, though they had proved supportive for Indian positions at multilateral fora as well as for its candidature in a reformed UNSC. It was pointed out that India’s interaction with Pacific Island countries was part of the extension of its Look East policy as well as an indication of the importance of smaller island countries in international climate change negotiations.

On the foreign aid front, India gives over $1,25,00 as annual grant-in-aid to 14 eligible Pacific Island countries separately, along with one scholarship for undergraduate or postgraduate studies for those from each country.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp