Suva: Fiji`s Parliament Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni on Wednesday termed it as an esteemed occasion for her country that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to address at the august house of the island nation.
Luveni`s views were tweeted by the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) on social networking site, twitter.
"Indeed an esteemed occasion: Speaker of the Parliament of Fiji on PM @narendramodi`s address," the PMO tweeted.
Earlier, on his arrival here at the Nausori International Airport, Prime Minister Modi was received by Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and given a ceremonial welcome, amidst the playing of the national anthem.
Prime Minister Modi also visited Albert Park where he was accorded a traditional welcome in a ceremony here. He has now began his address at the Fijian Parliament.
Meanwhile, both India and Fiji have signed various agreements in the presence of the two respective Prime Ministers.
During his visit to the island nation, Prime Minister Modi will be meeting the leaders and representatives of 12 Pacific Island nations as well.
He is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Fiji in 33 years since late prime minister Indira Gandhi`s visit to the country in 1981.
Prime Minister Modi is expected to return home on Thursday after he completes his ten-day three nation trip of Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.