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PM Modi, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni Hold Talks On Sidelines Of G7 Summit

This will be his first overseas trip since taking office for his third term as prime minister earlier this month.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the sidelines of the G7 Summit on Friday.

Modi arrived in Italy early on Friday to attend the G7 Outreach Summit at the invitation of Meloni, marking his first overseas trip since taking office for a third term earlier this month.

“Prime Minister Meloni’s two visits to India last year helped add momentum and depth to our bilateral talks,” Modi said in Delhi ahead of his departure on Thursday.

“We remain committed to strengthening the India-Italy strategic partnership and enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean regions,” he said.

The G7 is made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan. Italy currently holds the presidency of the G7 (Group of Seven) and is hosting the summit in that capacity.

The bloc expanded to the G8 with the addition of Russia between 1997 and 2013, but Russia’s membership was suspended in 2014 after it annexed Crimea.

As per tradition, the host country will host the summit and invite representatives of many countries and international organisations.

Italy has invited leaders of India and 11 other developing countries from Africa, South America and the Indo-Pacific region to attend the summit.

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