PM Modi meets Italy PM Mario Draghi, first in-person meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held the first in-person meeting with his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here during which the two leaders had extensive discussions on diversifying the bilateral ties and working together towards a more environment-friendly planet.
PM Modi highlighted the transformative climate actions undertaken by India and the concerns of developing countries about climate financing commitments of the developed world earlier on Friday.
A release from the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi said, “They reiterated their desire for working closely together for furthering the India-EU multi-faceted cooperation.”
On the bilateral side, the two leaders reviewed developments since the India-Italy Virtual Summit in November 2020 and expressed satisfaction at the progress in implementation of the 2020-2025 Action Plan adopted at the virtual summit that set strategic goals in the political, economic, S&T, and cultural spheres to be achieved in the next five years.
The two leaders also reiterated their commitment to further expanding trade and investment linkages between the two countries particularly in textiles, food processing, automotive, and renewable energy sectors.
“To provide fresh impetus to the bilateral cooperation in renewables 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 large size green corridor projects, smart grids, energy storage solutions, gas transportation, integrated waste management (waste-to-wealth), development and deployment of green hydrogen and promotion of biofuels. India and Italy also signed a Statement of Intent on Textiles cooperation during the meeting,” the release said.
Earlier on Friday, Draghi offered a grand welcome to Modi amid military honours at the Palazzo Chigi courtyard.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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