Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India’s position on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict on Thursday, saying that the “Ukraine dispute can be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.”
At a press meeting after meeting Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, PM Modi said, “From the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, India has clarified that this dispute can only be resolved through dialogues and diplomacy. And India is fully ready to contribute to any peace process.”
Welcoming PM Meloni on her first visit to India, PM Modi said, “In last year’s elections, the people of Italy voted for her and she became the first woman and youngest PM of Italy. I congratulate her on behalf of Indians for this historic achievement.”
The Italian Prime Minister is the main guest and keynote speaker at the 8th Raisina Dialogue 2023. This year marks the diamond jubilee or 75th anniversary of India-Italy relations.
“On this occasion, we have decided to give Strategic Partnership status to the Indo-Italy partnership. India will further strengthen its relationship with Italy in renewable energy, hydrogen, IT, telecom, semiconductors, and space. A Startup Bridge is being announced today between India and Italy, which we welcome,” said PM Modi.
He also stated that India was working to strengthen its economic ties with Italy.
“Our ‘Make in India’ and ‘Artmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) campaigns are opening immense opportunities for investments in India,” said PM Modi.
He went on to say that India and Italy are fighting terrorism and separatism side by side. “We discussed further strengthening this cooperation,” added PM Modi.
On Thursday, New Delhi decided to develop an action plan to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India-Italy relations.
“With this, we will be able to show the achievements of both countries’ diversity, history, science and technology, innovation, sports, and other fields on the global stage,” said PM Modi.
“Today, we’re announcing the establishment of a ‘Start-Up Bridge’ between India and Italy. We welcome this. There is one more sector wherein both the countries are beginning a new chapter, that is – defense cooperation,” he added.
Opportunities for co-production and co-development are emerging in India’s defense manufacturing sector, which can benefit both countries. “We have also decided to hold regular joint exercises and training courses,” Prime Minister Modi said.
He also praised Italy’s active participation in the Indo-Pacific.
“It is very pleased that Italy has decided to participate in the Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative. We will be able to identify concrete subjects to expand our Indo-Pacific cooperation as a result of this “PM Modi stated.