India and Italy Strengthen Ties Across Multiple Fronts During G7 Summit

GG News Bureau
Apulia, Italy, 15th June.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Giorgia Meloni, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic today in Apulia, Italy on Friday. Prime Minister Meloni congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his third consecutive term and extended appreciation for his participation in the G7 Outreach Summit, noting the successful conclusion of the Summit.

During their meeting, both leaders expressed satisfaction with the robust political dialogue between India and Italy and reviewed the progress of the India-Italy Strategic Partnership. They highlighted the growth in trade and economic collaboration, emphasizing the need to expand commercial ties in clean energy, manufacturing, space, science and technology, telecom, AI, and critical minerals to foster resilient supply chains. They welcomed the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Industrial Property Rights (IPR), which enhances cooperation on patents, designs, and trademarks.

Bilateral defence and security cooperation were also discussed, with both leaders expressing a desire to further strengthen defence industrial collaboration. They looked forward to the upcoming visit of the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour and training ship ITS Vespucci to India later this year. Prime Minister Modi expressed gratitude for Italy’s recognition of the Indian Army’s contributions during World War II and announced plans to upgrade the Yashwant Ghadge Memorial at Montone in Italy.

Recognizing their coordination under the ‘Global Biofuels Alliance’, the leaders welcomed the signing of a Letter of Intent for Cooperation in Energy Transition, aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in clean and green energy. They also expressed satisfaction with the new Executive Programme of Cooperation for 2025-27, focused on joint research and development in Science & Technology.

The cultural ties between India and Italy were highlighted, noting the strong people-to-people connect driven by longstanding Indological studies tradition in Italy. They announced the establishment of the first ICCR chair on India studies at the University of Milan to further strengthen these ties. Both leaders emphasized the importance of early implementation of the Migration and Mobility Agreement to facilitate mobility of professionals, skilled and semi-skilled workers, students, and researchers.

They also discussed their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific under the Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative framework, pledging joint activities to support this initiative. Regional and global issues were also on the agenda, with a commitment to enhance cooperation in global fora and multilateral initiatives, including support for the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor.

The meeting concluded with both leaders reaffirming their commitment to deepen bilateral ties across various sectors for mutual benefit and regional stability.

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