Modi discusses issues
of mutual concern with
world leaders in Rome


ROME (Italy): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the G20 summit and in the Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience, on the sidelines of the G20. He also met outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Rome.
Prime Minister Modi on Sunday described the G20 Summit as “fruitful” and said, “During the Summit, we were able to have elaborate deliberations on issues of global importance such as fighting the pandemic, improving health infrastructure, boosting economic cooperation and furthering innovation.”

ROME: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, in Rome on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Earlier on Saturday, world leaders including PM Modi kicked off the first session of the G20 Rome Summit and discussed the global economy and health.
On the sidelines of G20, PM Modi interacted with several world leaders including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Among other dignitaries that he was seen greeting included Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
PM Modi had also met Pope Francis on Saturday and presented him a silver candle stand and a book on India’s commitment to the environment during their meeting at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. Prime Minister also invited Pope to visit India during a “very warm” meeting at the Vatican City which lasted for an hour. He also met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.

ROME: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other G20 leaders attend the Global Summit on Supply Chain Resilience on the sidelines of the G20 summit, in Rome on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi held numerous bilateral meetings on the sidelines of COP-26, including with the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson.
COP-26 was originally slated to be held in 2020, but was deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

India producing over 5bn COVID-19 vaccines

India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for the world next year to fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the first session of the G-20 Summit in Rome on Saturday.

Speaking at the first session on the global economy and global health, PM Modi said, “India has always been serious about its global obligations. Today, on this G-20 platform, I want to tell you all that India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion vaccine doses for the world next year.”

ROME: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Indonesia President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, in Rome on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

In his address, the Prime Minister spoke about the recognition of Indian COVID-19 vaccine certificates. He said, “This commitment of India will go a long way in preventing the global infection of COVID-19. Therefore, it is necessary that Indian vaccines be recognised by WHO at the earliest.”

PM Modi stressed the ‘One Earth, One Health’ vision of a collaborative approach in dealing with the COVID-19, Prime Minister’s Office said in a press release.

“To fight the corona global pandemic, we have put forward the vision of One Earth – One Health to the world. To deal with any such crisis in future, this vision can become a huge force in the world,” said PM Modi.

ROME: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photo with other G-20 leaders during the G-20 Summit, at the Rome Convention Center, in Rome on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi highlighted India’s contribution in the fight against COVID-19 and said India is playing the role of pharmacy of the world. India has delivered medicines to more than 150 countries. Along with this, India has also put full strength in increasing vaccine research and manufacturing.

He also highlighted that in a short span of time, India has administered over one billion vaccine doses in India. “By controlling the infection in one-sixth of the world’s population, India has also contributed to making the world safer, and has also reduced the chances of further mutation of the virus,” he said.

PM Modi, Chancellor Merkel meeting

Narinder Modi met the German Chancellor Angela Markel on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Italy and both the leaders pledged to deepen trade and investment ties.
According to a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement, PM Modi also invited German Chancellor Angela to visit India. Recalling their longstanding cooperation and personal friendship, Prime Minister complimented Chancellor Merkel for her leadership in not just Germany but also at the European and global level.
He committed to maintaining the close Strategic Partnership with Dr Merkel’s successor, said the statement.

ROME: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, in Rome on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the close bilateral cooperation between India and Germany and pledged to deepen their trade and investment relations, MEA said, adding that they also agreed to expand the scope of the India-Germany Strategic Partnership to new areas, including Green Hydrogen.
PM Modi on Sunday visited the Trevi Fountain on the second day of the G20 Summit in Rome along with several heads of the states.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, PM Modi met various leaders including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
PM Modi had a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican City which lasted for an hour and invited him to visit India.
The Prime Minister arrived in Italy on Friday to participate in the two-day G20 Summit. The theme of this G20 meet under the Italian Presidency is centred around People, Planet and Prosperity.