Here is what PM Modi did in Italy before G20 Leaders’ Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Rome, on October 29, 2021. (PIB)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Rome to attend the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Prior to the Summit, Prime Minister Modi had several engagements.

PM Modi met Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on October 29, 2021, and both the leaders talked about strengthening India and Italy’s friendship.

In a tweet, PM Modi said: “Glad to have met PM Mario Draghi in Rome. We talked about ways to strengthen the friendship between India and Italy. There is great potential to further scale up economic linkages, cultural cooperation and for us to work together towards a more environment friendly planet.”

Meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Rome, Italy on October 30, 202. (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong on the sidelines of G20 Leaders’ Summit.

“Furthering India-Singapore ties.  PM @narendramodi meets Singapore PM @leehsienloong on the sidelines of #G20Summit. Discussed climate change and facilitating international travel,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Rome, Italy on October 30, 2021. (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome and the two leaders had “productive discussions” on a range of issues of mutual and global interests.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted: “PM @narendramodi met the President of France @EmmanuelMacron, on the sidelines of G20. Discussed India-France cooperation on various subjects and reaffirmed their commitment to the Strategic Partnership. Also discussed global and regional developments.”

In a tweet, the PMO added: “Productive discussions between PM @narendramodi and President @EmmanuelMacron on the sidelines of the @g20org Summit. India and France are cooperating extensively in various sectors. Today’s talks will add momentum to the bilateral ties between the two nations.”

The meeting comes more than a month after the two leaders held a telephonic conversation, amidst Paris’ strong criticism of the AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) security partnership.

Meeting with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis in Vatican City on October 30, 2021. (PIB)

Pope Francis received Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a private audience at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on October 30, 2021.

This was the first meeting between an Indian Prime Minister and the Pope in more than two decades.

In June 2000, Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had last visited the Vatican and met the then Pope, His Holiness John Paul II. India and The Holy See have friendly relations dating back to the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1948. India is home to the second largest Catholic population in Asia, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a release.

“During today’s meeting, the two leaders discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences for people across the world. They also discussed the challenge posed by climate change. Prime Minister briefed the Pope about the ambitious initiatives taken by India in combating climate change as well as India’s success in administering one billion Covid-19 vaccination doses. His Holiness appreciated India’s assistance to countries in need during the pandemic.”

Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to His Holiness Pope Francis to visit India at an early date, which was accepted with pleasure, the PMO added.

Prime Minister also met Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Meeting with Communities

PM Narendra Modi interacts with the members of the Indian Community in Rome on October 29, 2021. (Photo: Narendra Modi/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 29, 2021, evening met Indologists, Sanskritists, Sikh, and Hindu communities in Rome.

In interaction with interacted several Indologists and Sanskrit experts from Italian universities, PM Modi noted their interest in Indian culture, literature, and practice of yoga & Ayurveda and lauded the role played by them in strengthening the ties between India and Italy.

Prime Minister Modi also met and interacted with the community members from various organisations including representatives of the Sikh community and institutions involved in the commemoration of Indian soldiers who fought in Italy in World War I and World War II.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the valour shown by Indian soldiers in these wars.

Later Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “In Rome last evening, I had a great interaction with members of the Indian diaspora in Italy, those who are studying about India and those who have developed a close bond with our nation over the years. It was wonderful to hear their views on diverse topics.” (PW News)

 

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