Rome, October 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held the first face-to-face meeting with his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi on the sidelines of the G20 summit here during which the two leaders held in-depth talks on diversifying relations bilateral and working together towards a more environmentally friendly planet.
Prime Minister Modi, who arrived earlier today at the invitation of his Italian counterpart, was received by Draghi upon his arrival at Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Council of Ministers and official residence of the Italian Prime Minister, for the Meeting.
“Delighted to have met Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Rome. We discussed ways to strengthen the friendship between India and Italy. There is great potential for further intensifying economic ties, cultural cooperation and for us to work together towards a more environmentally friendly planet, “Prime Minister Modi tweeted after the meeting.
Earlier, the prime minister’s office tweeted that the two leaders had had extensive talks on diversifying Indo-Italy relations.
Modi also received a guard of honor.
Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters in a briefing that the two leaders discussed the challenges posed by climate change and the COP26 climate summit.
They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul as well as developments in the Indo-Pacific region.
Shringla said the issue of mutual vaccination certification was discussed. The issue of easier access travel with standardization that is increasingly being considered as countries recover from the COVID pandemic has certainly been discussed.
“There was a conversation about mutual recognition of vaccines. I think there is a feeling that this is a very, I would say, doable mechanism through which we can facilitate international travel,” the secretary said. Foreign Affairs.
“We have proposed mutual recognition of vaccination certification even at the G20. But as we speak, discussions on an outcome document are still ongoing. So I think most countries are quite happy with the idea of facilitate smoother international travel, ”he said.
But the point is that a number of countries feel that easier access and easier travel are things we need to work on collectively. “And this point that the Prime Minister made, I think it was received and noted,” Shringla said.
During the meeting, the two prime ministers discussed other areas of cooperation between India and Italy.
To give new impetus to bilateral cooperation in the field of renewable and clean energy, India and Italy issued a joint statement announcing a strategic partnership on energy transition and agreed to explore partnerships in areas such as as large-scale green corridor project smart grids, energy storage solutions, gas transport, integrated waste management, development and deployment of green hydrogen and promotion of biofuels.
India and Italy also signed a declaration of intent to agree on textile cooperation during the meeting. There was a very good discussion about two-way investments, especially in the clean and renewable energy sector where Italy has a lot of expertise. “I think this is something the two prime ministers have agreed to see how we can move forward,” the foreign minister said.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted that the two prime ministers reviewed the 2020-2025 action plan of the India-Italy bilateral partnership and reiterated their commitment to further expand trade ties and ‘investment.
They also “resolved to cooperate to accelerate the clean energy transition in order to fight against climate change,” Bagchi added.
Italy is one of India’s top five trading partners in the EU. India is the 19th largest source of Italian imports, accounting for 1.2 percent of Italian imports. Italy ranked 18th in FDI inflows to India from April 2000 to December 2020, with FDI inflows of USD 3.02 billion during this period.
In his departure statement Thursday, Modi said he would visit Rome and Vatican City from October 29 to 31.
“During my visit to Italy, I will also be visiting Vatican City, to visit His Holiness Pope Francis and meet the Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin,” Modi said.
From Rome, Modi will travel to Glasgow, UK, at the invitation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the Climate Summit. PTI ZH AKJ AKJ
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