‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,’ taking this saying quite literally, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been micro-blogging his two-day visit to Rome in Italian at the G-20 Summit.
PM Modi paid homage to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Rome today.
“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,” the Prime Minister tweeted in Italian today, before posting another tweet with the English translation.
As PM Modi landed in Rome earlier today, he tweeted: “Landed in Rome to take part in the G20 summit – an important forum to deliberate on key global issues. I also look forward to other programmes through this visit to Rome.”
Before the summit, PM Modi took part in a joint meeting with President of the European Council Charles Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
After the meeting, Ms von der Leyen tweeted, “I congratulated India for its excellent progress on vaccination and for resuming vaccines exports. We need to join forces to help vaccinate the world and beat the pandemic.”
G20 Italy announced that the Joint Meeting of G20 Finance and Health Ministers has started in Rome. It tweeted, “The Joint Meeting of #G20 Finance and Health Ministers has started in Rome. They will discuss how to keep momentum and build on further coordination arrangements between Health and Finance Ministries at the global level. #G20Italy”
PM Modi is scheduled to attend a reception at the residence of PM of Italy, Mario Draghi,
Tomorrow, PM Modi will be meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican City before attending the first session of the summit – Global Economy and Global Health.
He will also meet President Emmanuel Macron of France, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and Prime Minister Lee Hosein Loong of Singapore.
The G20 is a global forum whose members account for over 80 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of the global population.
The summit is attended by heads of state/governments of G20 countries, the European Union, and other invited nations and certain international organisations.