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G7 Summit In Italy: PM Modi Holds Talks With Macron, Sunak And Zelenskyy — Here's What Was Discussed

Kuldeep Negi

Jun 14, 2024, 05:09 PM | Updated 05:23 PM IST

PM Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron
PM Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first foreign trip of his third term, arrived in Italy early today to attend an outreach session of the 50th Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit.

The G7 session is expected to focus on issues relating to artificial intelligence (AI), energy, Africa and the Mediterranean. 

PM Modi held discussions with his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

In a post on X, PM Modi said that talks with Sunak, he reiterated his commitment to further strengthen the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the third term of the NDA Government.

"There is great scope to deepen ties in sectors like semiconductors, technology and trade. We also talked about further cementing ties in the defence sector," PM Modi said.

On the meeting with President Macron, PM Modi said that the talks covered "numerous subjects such as defence, security, technology, AI, Blue Economy and more."

"We also discussed how to encourage innovation and research among the youth. I conveyed my best wishes to him on the hosting of the Paris Olympics, which begins next month," he added.

PM Modi also met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"India is eager to further cement bilateral relations with Ukraine. Regarding the ongoing hostilities, reiterated that India believes in a human-centric approach and believes that the way to peace is through dialogue and diplomacy," PM Modi said.

The G7 leaders’ summit is being held in the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Italy’s Apulia region from 13 to 15 June.

The annual summit gathered representatives of Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU).

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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