Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Italy for G7 Summit, to hold bilateral with Meloni, likely to meet Pope

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (local time) arrived in Italy’s Apulia to attend the Outreach session of the G7 Summit and is expected to meet several leaders on the sidelines of the event on Friday.

“Looking forward to engaging in productive discussions with world leaders. Together, we aim to address global challenges and foster international cooperation for a brighter future,” he tweeted.

Before departing for Italy, PM Modi said he was “glad” that his first foreign visit in his third consecutive term as Prime Minister was to the European nation for the G7 Summit.

PM MODI AT G7 SUMMIT: WHAT ALL TO EXPECT:

  • MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal, in a video message from Brindisi airport, said that PM Modi will be addressing the Outreach session of the G7 Summit.

    “The Prime Minister of India has arrived at Brindisi Airport in Italy to participate in the G7 Summit. Tomorrow (Friday) is a packed day for him. We have several bilateral meetings with world leaders lined up. He will also be addressing the Outreach session of the G7 Summit,” he said.

  • Ahead of his departure, PM Modi emphasised that India will focus on artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean during the summit’s outreach session. He also stated that issues crucial to the Global South will be discussed.

  • India hosted the G20 Summit in Delhi last September, which was also attended by the world leaders gathering at the Apulia meet being held under the Italian presidency. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will welcome Modi as the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy on Friday.

  • As the current Chair of the G7, Italy is hosting the gathering of the bloc of seven major advanced economies, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US, along with the European Union

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