Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Italy this week to attend the annual summit of the G7 advanced economies in his first overseas trip after assuming office for a third consecutive term.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni poses for a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai. (File Image) (Georgia Maloney/X)

The ongoing war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza are likely to dominate the G7 summit scheduled for June 13-15 at the luxury resort of Borgo Ignazia in Italy’s Apulia region.

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US President Joe Biden, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the top leaders attending the summit.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also scheduled to attend a session on the Russian invasion of his country.

Modi is scheduled to leave for Italy on June 13 and will return late on June 14, people familiar with Modi’s planned trip to Italy said, adding that he is looking to take over as prime minister for a third consecutive term. Later, this will be his first foreign visit.

There is no official announcement about Modi’s visit to Italy yet.

Sources said Modi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation which is likely to include External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and NSA Ajit Doval.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold several bilateral meetings with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Modi attended the G7 summit in Hiroshima in May last year.

On the sidelines of the summit, he held talks with Zielinski and several other leaders.

The G7 includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan.

Italy holds the current presidency of the G7 (Group of Seven) and hosts the summit as such.

A key focus of the Italian presidency has been the defense of the rules-based international order.

According to Italy, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine has undermined its principles and led to increasing instability, leading to multiple crises around the world.

He says the G7 will give equal weight to the conflict in the Middle East, which will have consequences for the global agenda.

The bloc expanded into the G8 between 1997 and 2013 with the addition of Russia. However, Russia’s participation was suspended after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

According to its tradition, representatives of several countries and international organizations are invited to the summit by the host country that holds the chair.

Apart from India, Italy has invited leaders of 11 developing countries from Africa, South America and the Indo-Pacific region to attend the summit.

Although the EU is not a member of the G7, it does attend the annual summit.

This story was published without editing the text from a wire agency feed. Only the title has been changed.



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