Modi to be in Rome
from Oct 29 to 31,
will meet Pope Francis

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NEW DELHI: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Rome, Italy from October 29 to October 31 to attend the G20 Summit at the invitation of Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Addressing the special briefing on PM Modi’s visit to Rome, the Foreign Secretary informed that this summit will be the eighth G20 Summit attended by the Prime Minister, adding that last year’s summit hosted by Saudi Arabia was held virtually because of the COVID pandemic. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Rome, Italy from October 29 to 31. He would be in Rome to attend the G20 Summit at the invitation of Italy’s Prime Minister. This would be his eighth G20 Summit. Last year’s summit hosted by Saudi Arabia was held virtually because of the COVID pandemic,” he said today.
PM Modi is scheduled to attend the 16th edition of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy and will attend the World Leaders’ Summit of the COP26 in Glasgow after that. He is expected to pitch for collective measures to deal with the situation in Afghanistan.
G20 is a global forum whose members account for more than 80 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent population.
The theme of this G20 meet under the Italian Presidency is centred around ‘People, Planet and Prosperity.’

India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

The summit is being attended by heads of state/government of G20 member countries, the European Union and other invited countries and international organisations. (ANI)

Modi likely to meet Pope Francis

According to a report by Pragya Kaushika, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on the second day of his arrival in Rome, Italy for the G20 Summit. While there is no official confirmation on the date and time of this significant meet, PM Modi is expected to meet the head of the Catholic Church on October 30 at the Vatican, just hours ahead of the G20 Summit.
Sources are tight-lipped on the nature of the meet. Also, it is believed that the meet is expected to be seen as a gesture inspiring confidence and trust between the two countries.
The Vatican is a city-state surrounded by Rome and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The PM is visiting Rome for the two-day G20 Summit, which is scheduled to take place on October 30 and 31.
PM Modi is scheduled to attend the 16th edition of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy and will attend the World Leaders’ Summit of the COP26 in Glasgow after the summit.
PM is expected to pitch for collective measures to deal with the situation in Afghanistan.
G20 is a global forum whose members account for more than 80 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent population. The theme of this G20 meet under the Italian Presidency is centred around ‘People, Planet and Prosperity.’
The summit is being attended by heads of state/ government of G20 member countries, the European Union and other invited countries and international organisations.
PM is expected to hold bilateral meetings including one with Italian PM Draghi.

Will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Rome

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his first day of arrival in Rome. The PM is arriving in Rome on Friday to participate in the G20 Summit.
Sources stated that the PM will visit Piazza Gandhi located in what people term as ‘New Rome’. The PM is expected to be accompanied by the Indian Ambassador to Italy Neena Malhotra. Sources said that the newly elected Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri is also likely to be present at Piazza Gandhi. The PM has ensured in the past as well to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation on foreign land that shares previous ties with India and at times at places of relevance for the country.

G-20 Conference

Various news reports show that in the past, PM Modi has unveiled Gandhi statue at various foreign locations. In 2014, PM had unveiled a 2.5 metres tall bronze Gandhi statue on Roma street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia. He had then said that Gandhi is not just a person but an era.
In the same year, PM had unveiled a Gandhi statue in Washington DC on the square outside Indian Embassy.
In July 2015, PM Modi had unveiled a bust of Mahatma at Bagtyarlyk Sports Complex, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The same year, PM went to Germany and unveiled the bust of Gandhi in the city hall of Hannover.
It was in Singapore that PM Modi unveiled a plaque of Gandhi. In 2019, PM unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Yonsei University, Seoul.
PM Modi will be arriving in Italy for G20 Summit on October 29. The PM is likely to meet briefly a few representatives of the Indian diaspora, sources added.
G20 is a global forum whose members account for more than 80 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent population. The theme of this G20 meet under the Italian Presidency is centred around ‘People, Planet and Prosperity’.
The summit is being attended by heads of state/ government of G20 member countries, the European Union and other invited countries and international organisations.
PM Modi is expected to hold a few bilateral meetings including one with Italian PM Mario Draghi. (ANI)