PM Modi to Depart for Italy, First Overseas Trip of Third Term for G7 Summit

New Delhi, 13th June 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on his first international trip of his third term, heading to Italy for the 50th G7 leaders’ summit. The summit, hosted by Italy as the current G7 Chair, will gather leaders from seven major advanced economies along with the European Union. Scheduled from June 13 to 15 at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Apulia, the summit will address pressing global issues including the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the situation in Israel and Hamas.

During his visit, PM Modi will engage in bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. India has been invited to participate in the G7 Summit as an Outreach Country, emphasizing its growing role in global affairs. PM Modi is also expected to meet with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the summit, according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

This marks PM Modi’s fifth consecutive participation in the G7 summit, with India having attended ten previous summits. The agenda will include an outreach session focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI), energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra highlighted India’s contributions to peace, security, development, and environmental preservation, underscoring the country’s global engagement.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh commented on PM Modi’s visit to Italy, suggesting it aims to enhance his international stature amid this year’s G7 Summit.