Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrives in India


Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. Meloni arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on an official visit to India to strengthen bilateral ties in the defense and economic fields.

This is the first visit to India by a top leader of a European country in the last five years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Meloni in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he was given a guard of honor by the three services.

Modi and Meloni are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday afternoon on various bilateral, regional and global issues. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement ahead of Moloney’s visit, saying, “The two sides will take stock of progress on key outcomes of the summit held in November 2020, strengthen security and defense cooperation, work towards establishing closer economic ties.” , will consider measures to enhance opportunities for talents and provide strategic guidance to ongoing cooperation in the science and technology sector.

Meloni was received at the Delhi airport by Union Minister of State for Health Bharti Pawar. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani and a high-level business delegation have also come to India with Meloni.

Meloni will attend the 8th Raisina Dialogue as the chief guest and keynote speaker starting on Thursday evening. She will also meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. India and Italy are celebrating 75 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying that the multi-faceted bilateral relationship between India and Italy is based on shared cultural values, commitment to promote economic development, cooperation in green energy, science and technology and defense sector, and common stance on regional and global issues. Are.

The two countries are also closely cooperating in various multilateral fora, the statement said. Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will co-chair a commercial roundtable on Thursday.


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