Modi to undertake first official trip to Italy after assuming office

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Modi to undertake first official trip to Italy after assuming office

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 | Pioneer News Service

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first foreign official trip to Italy this week after assuming office.  He will attend the annual summit of G-7 advanced economies there and meet several world leaders, it was learnt here on Tuesday.

The G7 summit, to be held in the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Italy's Apulia region from June 13 to 15, is likely to be dominated by the raging war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza.US President Joe Biden, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the top leaders attending the summit. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also scheduled for a session on the Russian invasion of his country.

Modi is likely to leave for Italy on June 13 and will return late on June 14, adding it will be his first trip abroad after taking charge as the prime minister for the third consecutive term.

He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that is likely to include External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval, sources said.

The prime minister is set to hold a number of bilateral meetings including with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Modi had attended the previous G7 summit in Hiroshima in May last year. On the sidelines of the summit, he had held talks with Zelenskyy and a number of other leaders.

The G7 comprises the US, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan.  Italy is holding the current presidency of the G7 (Group of Seven) and is hosting the summit in that capacity.A key focus of the Italian presidency has been to defend the rules-based international system. Russia's military action in Ukraine has undermined its principles and triggered growing instability, with multiple crises unfolding worldwide, according to Italy.  The G7 will give equal importance to the conflict in the Middle East, with its consequences for the global agenda, it says.

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