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G7 Summit 2024: PM Narendra Modi Holds Talks with World Leaders in Italy

The G7 Heads of Government summit was held at the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Italy’s Apulia region from June 13 to 15.

The G7 is a group of the seven most industrialized and developed nations, which include Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU). India is not a member of the G7 but was invited as a guest along with leaders from 11 developing countries in Africa, South America, and the Indo-Pacific region.

Highlights from PM Modi’s G7 Summit Visit

The meeting is significant for PM Modi, especially since it is the first foreign visit by the leader after he was elected for the third term.

The Outreach session of the G7 Summit was dominated by the war between Russia and Ukraine, and an agreement was also signed to give $50 billion in assistance to Ukraine for its war efforts using interest from Russian sovereign assets frozen after Moscow invaded its neighbor in 2022.

Other issues that have dominated the session include artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean.

PM Narendra Modi also emphasized the fact that India is the voice of the Global South and said that the region is most affected by climate change and the deteriorating security situation across the globe leading to an economic crisis.

Wars have led to a steep rise in oil prices as well as disruption of the trade routes.

Modi also emphasized its leadership role in the G20 and under its presidency made the African Union a member of the group.

Modi also asked the G7 leaders to take part in the environmental mission LIFE, which was launched on World Environment Day.

He also detailed the ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam’ campaign. Mr. Modi said that the initiative must become a mass movement and added that everyone loves their mother and trees are just as important.

Modi also highlighted the successful completion of the election process in the country and described it as a victory for all democratic forces in the world.

PM Modi’s visit also allowed him to meet world leaders from the G7 nations.

Modi held one-on-one talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and said that two visits by Meloni to India in 2023 helped cement a strong bilateral relationship.

The visits also laid the framework for a strategic partnership between the two nations.

The two leaders get along very well, and their camaraderie was again visible when the two leaders clicked selfies, which have since gone viral on social media.

The two leaders had previously met at the G20 Summit in Delhi last year and then at COP 28 in Dubai.

Modi also held extensive discussions with Rishi Sunak and the two leaders vowed to strengthen the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the third term of the NDA Government.

One important outcome of the visit was the meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and PM Modi. Among the subjects of discussion included the war between Ukraine and Russia, sharing expertise in the use of technology in agriculture as well as helping Indian students who are studying in Ukraine and they number in the thousands.

PM Modi said, “Regarding the ongoing hostilities, I reiterated that India believes in a human-centric approach and believes that the way to peace is through dialogue and diplomacy.”

Modi also held extensive talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. India and France have deep strategic defense cooperation, and talks are ongoing for the purchase of the marine version of Rafale fighter jets to be used aboard Indian Aircraft Carriers. The two leaders talked about intensifying with an emphasis on the “Make in India” initiative. Modi also mentioned the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024 and wished President Macron the best wishes for hosting the mega sporting event which is scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 11.

Another significant event was the meeting between PM Modi and Pope Francis, who is the 87-year-old head of the worldwide Catholic Church and is a major influence in the Christian world.

Modi said in a post on X, “I admire his commitment to serve people and make our planet better,”.

Modi also invited Pope Francis to visit India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Italy and emphasized the fact that strong ties between India and Japan are important for a peaceful, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The G7 Summit also led to a meeting between Modi and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. Relations between the two countries have been strained, especially after Canada accused India of being involved in the killing of a Khalistani separatist leader in Canada.

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Manoj Nair

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