Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrived in Delhi on September 8, 2023, to participate in the G20 Summit and bilateral talks. This is her second visit to India, having previously come to the nation in March of the same year to participate in the seventh Raisina Dialogue. During her visit, Meloni met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shobha Karandlaje welcomed Giorgia Meloni at the airport. Continue reading to learn more about her second visit.
Giorgia Meloni Visits India
Meloni’s visit to India is significant as she is Italy’s first woman Prime Minister. Her visit highlights the growing importance of India-Italy relations and the desire to strengthen bilateral ties. During her meeting with Modi, the two leaders discussed ways to enhance cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, and defense.
Meloni’s visit also allowed us to discuss global issues such as climate change, terrorism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The G20 Summit brought together leaders from the world’s largest economies to discuss these issues and find solutions. Meloni’s presence at the Summit demonstrated Italy’s commitment to addressing these challenges and working with other nations to find solutions.
Italy’s First Woman Prime Minister
Meloni was a part of a coalition in which she was the only woman. However, she went ahead to become the first female Prime Minister in Italy. She accepted the position at the age of 45. At 15, Giorgia joined the party’s youth wing of the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement to fight against terror in the country. She further won her first local election at 21 years old. Moreover, after 31 years, she was named Italy’s youngest-ever minister with the youth portfolio.
On September 9, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with the Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni. After the meeting, the Indian PM posted on his X account. He stated,
“I had an excellent meeting with PM @GiorgiaMeloni. Our talks covered sectors such as defence, emerging technologies and more. India and Italy will keep working together for global prosperity.”
I had excellent meeting with PM @GiorgiaMeloni. Our talks covered sectors such as trade, commerce, defence, emerging technologies and more. India and Italy will keep working together for global prosperity. pic.twitter.com/mBtyczMjB0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 9, 2023
Moreover, Giorgia Meloni also posted on her Instagram handle regarding the Summit. She stated, “Thanks to the Prime Minister of India @narendramodi for handling this Presidency #G20, which proposed an ambitious agenda on global challenges. We have worked together to ensure this Summit’s success and will continue to coordinate ourselves in bilateral relations and given the Italian Presidency of the G7.”
Overall, Giorgia Meloni’s visit to India during the G20 Summit 2023 was a significant event that highlighted the growing importance of India-Italy relations. Her meeting with Modi and participation in the Summit provided an opportunity to discuss global issues and find solutions. As the first woman Prime Minister of Italy, Meloni’s visit also served as an inspiration to women around the world.