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Narendra Modi in Rome Highlights: Pope said Modi’s invitation to India ‘greatest gift’, says Foreign Secretary

PM Narendra Modi Rome Visit Highlights: PM Modi is the fifth Indian Prime Minister to visit the head of the Roman Catholics, the largest religious denomination in the world.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 31, 2021 8:25:18 am
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla addresses media in Rome, Italy. (Twitter/ANI)

Narendra Modi in Rome Highlights: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Saturday that Pope Francis has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India. “In his own words, he said: ‘You (PM Modi) have given me the greatest gift. I am looking forward to visiting India’,” said Shringla, according to ANI.

Addressing a press conference in Rome, Shringla said that PM Modi highlighted India’s contribution to fight against Covid-19 during the G20 summit. He added that the PM invited French President Emmanuel Macron to visit India as well.

On Saturday, PM Modi held meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron  and Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome. He is expected to attend a meeting with US President Joe Biden on Sunday.

Prime Minister Modi has a busy week ahead with high profile meetings at the G20 summit in Italy and the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. He will be in Glasgow on the first two days of November.

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PM Narendra Modi in Rome, G20 meeting Live Updates: the Prime Minister met Pope Francis in Vatican City; earlier, he interacted with Italian counterpart Mario Draghi and held talks with with EU, European Commission heads. Follow latest news and updates below

21:34 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi to attend event hosted by Biden on Sunday

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that PM Modi is scheduled attend an event hosted by US President Joe Biden in Rome on Sunday. Other bilateral meetings are scheduled as well, according to an ANI report. 

PM Modi will attend an event hosted by US President Joe Biden on "Supply China Resilience" and hold other bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome tomorrow, said Shringla during a press conference. 

Speaking on the focus of the summit, the Foreign Secretary said: "Global energy crisis was raise in the meeting. However, the first meeting of the G20 was focused on health issues."

21:31 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi has invited French President to India, says Foreign Secretary

PM Modi on Saturday invited French President Emmanuel Macron to visit India, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during a press conference in Rome, Italy.

As far as meeting with France President Emmanuel Macron is concerned, I do recall that AUKUS came up but it was not the major subject, there was no discussion on Quad, said Shringla, according to an ANI report.

21:29 (IST)30 Oct 2021
India ready to produce 5 billion vaccine doses by the end of next year, says Foreign Secretary

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, in a press conference, detailed the highlights of the first day of G20 summit. 

Here are some of the points mentioned by Shringla with regard to the coronavirus vaccine program. 

PM Modi invited G20 countries to make India their partner in economic recovery and supply chain diversification. He also brought out the fact that despite challenges of the pandemic, India continued to be a trusted partner in context of reliable supply chains.

PM conveyed that India is ready to produce 5 billion vaccine doses by the end of next year... We also believe that WHO's EUA for Covaxin would felicitate this process of assisting other countries

21:24 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM highlighted India's contribution to fight against Covid-19, says Foreign Secretary

Prime Minister Modi highlighted India's contribution to fight against Covid-19 and mentioned India's medical supplies to over 150 countries, says Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, reports ANI.


21:22 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Pope Francis accepted PM Modi's invitation to visit India, says Foreign Secretary

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla addresses a press conference on PM Modi's Rome visit. 

Speaking of the Vatican visit, Shringla says: The last papal visit to India was in 1999 when Pope John Paul II visited the country. Pope Francis has accepted PM Modi's invitation. In his own words, he said: "You (PM Modi) have given me the greatest gift. I am looking forward to visiting India". Pope Francis has accepted the PM Modi invitation and looking forward to visit India. The meeting between PM Modi and Pope Francis which was scheduled for 20 minutes, lasted for around  an hour.

20:31 (IST)30 Oct 2021
RSS welcomes Modi meeting Pope Francis in Vatican

The RSS on Saturday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican saying that the meeting was enhancing the prestige of the nation.

"What is wrong if the head of the government meets anyone in the existing civil system in the world? We welcome it because we believe in 'Vasudhava Kutumbakam' (the world is one family). We respect all the religions," the RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told reporters in Bengaluru.

He was talking to reporters on the last day of the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) meeting. "It is a matter of pleasure that the Prime Minister is meeting the heads of other nations and is increasing the prestige of our nation," Hosabale said. (PTI)

20:11 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi holds 'fruitful meeting' with Singapore counterpart in Italy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a "fruitful meeting" with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong here on Saturday during which they reviewed the full range of the friendly ties between the two countries. Modi met Prime Minister Lee on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"A fruitful meeting between Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @leehsienloong in Rome. The two leaders reviewed the full range of the friendly ties between India and Singapore," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted. (PTI)

19:51 (IST)30 Oct 2021
In photos: PM greets world leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted several world leaders at the G20 summit in Rome, Italy.

19:34 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Explained: What the BJP sees in PM Modi’s meeting with Pope Francis

With Christians being a community that the party wants to establish as its support base to retain power in poll-bound Goa and Manipur and to emerge as a formidable electoral force in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and his invitation to the Pontiff to visit India assumes much significance, sources in the BJP said.

There have been some voices of concern raised from within the Christian community cautioning Church leaders who have been trying to get closer to the BJP, even as the top clergy – including some from among the most influential Roman Catholics – has expressed keenness in engaging with the party brass at the Centre and in Kerala. Sources said there have been a series of dialogues between the two in Kerala in the last few months. (Read more)

19:31 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Catholic Bishops' Council says PM's decision to invite Pope Francis to India historic

The Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC), a body of Catholic Bishops in the State, on Saturday welcomed the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis by saying the decision to invite the pontiff to India was a historic one.

"Inviting Pope Francis to India was a historic decision and this will raise the stature of the country among the nations of the world. His visit will help to strengthen the diplomatic relation between both the countries. It will also help to nurture the relationship between various sects of Christianity and other religions," KCBC said in a release.

Cardinal Mar George Alenchery, the president of the KCBC, said all Indians, especially Christians, are glad to learn about the invitation extended by Modi. (PTI)

18:55 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Climate protesters block road near Rome summit

A few dozen protesters demanding that government leaders take incisive action on climate change have been carried away by police from the main boulevard near the G-20 summit site in Rome.

Hours before the leaders of the United States, Britain, France and other economic powerhouse nations arrived on Saturday for the start of the two-day gathering, the activists blocked the road, holding banners, including one that read, "From Rome to Glasgow, your solutions are the problem.'' On Sunday evening, many of the G-20 leaders will fly to Glasgow, Scotland, for a crucial climate summit. 

When the demonstrators refused to budge, police officers lifted them bodily and moved them to a side road, where the protesters continued to lie down or sit on the pavement, blocking traffic. (AP)

18:52 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi meets French President Macron on sidelines of G20 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome and the two leaders had "productive discussions" on a range of issues of mutual and global interests.

Prime Minister Modi, who is here at the invitation of his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi, was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his meeting with Macron.

18:45 (IST)30 Oct 2021
US, Germany, French and British leaders gather at G20 to discuss Iran

The leaders of the United States, Germany, France and Britain will gather on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Rome later on Saturday to discuss the way forward in talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

Iran's talks with six world powers aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal are slated to resume at the end of November, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are all attending the G20 summit, will meet separately to discuss the issue.

A senior US administration official told reporters that the meeting was Merkel's initiative and would give the leaders an opportunity to go over the topic ahead of a critical period coming up. (Reuters)

18:30 (IST)30 Oct 2021
EU, African leaders to meet on sidelines of G20

he French presidency says European Union leaders will meet with African leaders in efforts to further support the continent's poorest economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The informal meeting later Saturday will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at France's embassy in Rome on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Macron told reporters on Friday he expects the G-20 to confirm an additional $100 billion to support Africa's economies. (PTI)

17:57 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Catching up: PM interacts with world leaders

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to share photos of his interactions with world leaders at the G20 summit in Italy. In the photos, Modi is seen interacting with US President Joe Biden, French leader Emmanuel Macron, Canada PM Justin Trudeau and UK PM Boris Johnson.

17:44 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Putin calls on G20 to accelerate mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccines

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on G20 countries on Saturday to accelerate the mutual recognition of each other's Covid-19 vaccines.

Putin, who remotely addressed the G20 summit in Rome by video link, also said that the World Health Organisation should be quicker to make decisions on approving vaccines. (Reuters)

17:41 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi gifts specially-made candle holder, book on India's climate initiatives to Pope Francis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a specially-made silver candelabra and a book on India's climate initiatives to Pope Francis on Saturday as they held their first one-to-one meeting in Vatican City.

Modi explained to the 84-year-old Pontiff that the candelabra was specially made and the book is on climate change, an issue close to the Pope.According to the Vatican News, the Prime Minister gifted the head of the Roman Catholic church a specially-made silver candelabra and a book, 'The Climate Climb: India's strategy, actions and achievements' during their meeting which lasted for an hour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Pope Francis in Vatican City.

The Pope reciprocated with a bronze plaque with the inscription "The desert will become a garden", volumes of papal documents, his message for World Day of Peace and the document on Human Fraternity, signed on February 4 of 2019 in Abu Dhabi by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, it said. (Read more)

16:45 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi shares first photo from Rome summit

The prime minister took to Twitter to share a photograph from the G20 summit. Seen with Modi are other prominent world leaders like German chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UK PM Boris Johnson, among others.

16:13 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Watch: Modi, Marcon interact during 'family photo' wait

PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were seen interacting in the sidelines of the G20 summit. A brief video showed the world leaders conversing before the 'family photo' at Roma Convention Center in Rome, Italy.


15:55 (IST)30 Oct 2021
PM Modi attends session on world economy and health

PM Narendra Modi and other world leaders participate in session on 'Global Economy and Global Health (Working Lunch)' at Roma Convention Centre in Rome, Italy.

On Friday, PM Modi also held wide-ranging talks with the top leaders of the European Union in Italy during which the two sides discussed deepening the India-EU friendship, particularly in areas such as political and security relations, trade, culture and the environment.

After he arrived here to participate in the G20 Summit, Modi began his official engagements in Rome with a “productive interaction” with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. During the meeting, they reviewed India-EU cooperation covering political and security relations, trade and investment and economic cooperation as well as the Roadmap2025 agreed at the last India-EU Summit.

Will discuss Covid recovery, climate change issues at G20, COP26: PM Modi

Ahead of his visit to Italy and the UK to attend the G20 and COP26 meetings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he will hold discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic in Rome and highlight equitable distribution of carbon space in Glasgow.

In his departure statement, PM Modi said he will be visiting Rome and the Vatican City from October 29-31 at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, following which he will travel to Glasgow in the UK from November 1-2 at the invitation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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