New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in New Delhi today. They reviewed the full spectrum of bilateral relations including the progress in the implementation of the 2020-2024 Action Plan adopted at the Virtual Summit in November 2020.
They also discussed the implementation of the India-Italy Strategic Partnership on Energy Transition announced last year during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Italy. They agreed to explore partnerships in areas such as gas transportation, green hydrogen, biofuels and energy storage. In addition, they agreed to jointly organize an India – Italy Tech Summit on Energy Transition and Circular Economy, to be held in Delhi on 17th November.
In the context of recent geopolitical developments, they also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interests including Ukraine, Afghanistan and Indo-Pacific and cooperation in the multilateral forum including the G20.
During his visit, Minister Di Maio also had a meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and co-chaired a business round-table which saw the participation of top business leaders, particularly in the energy, defence, and sustainable mobility and infrastructure sectors. He visited Bengaluru yesterday where he met Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai and inaugurated the premises of the new Consulate General of the Italian Republic.
He also visited the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Indian Institute of Science along with scientists of the Italian Space Agency and Elettra Sinctrotrone Trieste.