PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, tweets in Italian ahead of G20 Summit

India Today
3 months ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Italy, paid tribute to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday, October 29.

"In Rome, I had the opportunity to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi whose ideals are a source of courage and inspiration for millions of people around the world," he tweeted in Italian.

PM Modi is in Italy to attend the G20 Summit. The Rome Summit is the 16th G20 gathering at the level of Heads of states and governments.

The first was held in Washington in November 2008 and the last held digitally under the Saudi Presidency in November 2020.

He had earlier expressed that he would attend various programmes on his visit to Rome apart from the G20 Summit, an important forum to deliberate on key global issues.

The G20, or Group of Twenty, is an intergovernmental forum, comprising 19 countries and the European Union (EU). It seeks to address major issues in the global economy. PM Modi, in addition to participating in the G20 meeting, is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Italy on a host of issues.

According to news agency ANI, the Prime Minister earlier took part in a joint meeting with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Before attending the first session of the G20 summit, PM Modi will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican.

He is also slated to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Lee Hosein Loong of Singapore. PM Modi is scheduled to meet Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He will travel to Glasgow, United Kingdom, on October 31 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The COP26 is the 26th conference on climate change by the United Nations. It is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between 31 October and 12 November 2021, under the co-presidency of the United Kingdom and Italy. The conference will play host to PM Modi, United States President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, French President Emmanuel Macron among others.

PM Modi is expected to return to Delhi on Nov 1.

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