Italian PM calls on PM Modi

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Both leaders held bilateral discussion on various issues and areas

At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Italian Prime Minister Ms. Giorgia Meloni was on her first State Visit to India on 2 March. The Prime Minister of Italy was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani and a high-powered business delegation. This is the first bilateral VVIP visit from Italy to India after a gap of five years.

The two leaders held substantial bilateral discussion. The Prime Minister of Italy appreciated the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Modi on matters of regional and global importance, in particular when it comes to concerns, interests, and priorities of the global South. The discussions covered the entire gamut of bilateral, regional, and global cooperation.

In terms of areas of importance on which important decisions have been taken in terms of next steps; First is the area of defense cooperation. The Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation has been concluded. In terms of subsectors within the defense, it was clear during the discussion that with legacy issues behind us, the door is now open for the industries on the two sides to cooperate more strongly in this area, particularly in the field of manufacturing, co-production, co-design, co-innovation. Two, military exercises to be expanded and deepened to all levels in the armed forces and three, maritime cooperation.

They discussed an important element of strategic partnership besides the defense was need for deepened cooperation in the field of space, cyber, and sea as three of the key strategic sectors in our cooperation.