Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.FILE Photo | PTI

PM Modi to depart for G7 summit in Italy on Thursday

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said India's regular participation in the G7 summit points to increasing recognition of New Delhi's efforts to address global challenges.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Italy on Thursday to take part in the 50th G7 Summit. This is the third time prime minister's first overseas visit after he was sworn in on Sunday.

During the visit, PM Modi is likely to hold a bilateral meeting with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

“India has been invited as an Outreach Country for the G7 Summit which begins on June 14th,” Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Wednesday.

Kwatra pointed out that this will be India's 11th participation in the G7 Summit and the 5th consecutive participation by PM Modi.

“PM Modi's participation in the G7 Summit would provide an opportunity to follow up on the outcomes of the G20 Summit held under India's presidency last year,” Kwatra added.

At the Outreach Summit on June 14 the focus would be on Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa and the Mediterranean. It will be a block agenda item where the G7 and the Outreach Countries will share their views and perspectives.

Last year, PM Modi had attended the G7 summit in Hiroshima. He had held talks with Zelenskyy as well as other world leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

The G7 summit will be held in the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Italy's Apulia region from June 13 to 15. The G7 comprises the US, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan.

The summit is likely to hold discussions on Israel's brutal war in Gaza and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the top leaders attending the summit.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also scheduled for a session on the Russian invasion of his country.

"We have always maintained that dialogue and diplomacy is the best option to resolve it," Kwatra said when asked about the Ukraine conflict.

The foreign secretary said India's regular participation in the G7 summit points to increasing recognition of New Delhi's efforts to address global challenges.

Responding to a question, he said India will participate in the peace summit in Switzerland at an appropriate level.

Kwatra did not specify who will represent India at the summit.

(With inputs from PTI)

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