Modi's Italy visit for G7 summit concludes. Key takeaways from PM's bilaterals with world leaders

Meets with Trudeau against the backdrop of severe strain in India-Canada relations

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, left for India after concluding his day-long visit to Italy during which he attended the G7 summit and held bilaterals with several world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Had a very productive day at the G7 Summit in Apulia. Interacted with world leaders and discussed various subjects. Together, we aim to create impactful solutions that benefit the global community and create a better world for future generations. I thank the people and government of Italy for their warm hospitality," Modi tweeted after his meetings.

The PM held a brief conversation with his Canadian counterpart Trudeau against the backdrop of severe strain in India-Canada relations over the case relating to the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year.

The ties between India and Canada came under strain following PM Trudeau's allegations in September last year of the "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar in British Columbia. New Delhi had rejected Trudeau's charges as "absurd" and "motivated."

Modi's conversation with Biden came nearly seven months after Washington's allegations of an Indian link to a foiled plot to murder Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in New York. "It's always a pleasure to meet @POTUS @JoeBiden. India and USA will keep working together to further global good," the prime minister tweeted after meeting with Biden.

During his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations, focusing on the 'Horizon 2047' Roadmap and the Indo-Pacific Roadmap. Discussions included cooperation in defence, nuclear, space, education, climate action, digital public infrastructure, connectivity, and cultural initiatives such as the National Museum partnership and enhancing people-to-people ties. They agreed to further intensify strategic defence cooperation with an increased focus on ‘Make in India’, according to a press release from the PMO.

Modi also met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and discussed the implementation of the 'Roadmap 2030' and expressed happiness on progress in all areas of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership including regular high-level political consultations, defence and security, trade and economic collaboration, critical and high technology sectors and people-to-people ties.

Modi discussed with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ways to strengthen bilateral relations, the situation in Ukraine and the upcoming Summit on Peace being hosted by Switzerland. The PM told Zelenskyy that India continues to encourage peaceful resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy, and reiterated that India would continue to do everything within its means to support a peaceful solution.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni congratulated Modi for his third consecutive term as PM. Modi thanked PM Meloni for the invitation to participate in G7 Outreach Summit. The two leaders called for expanding commercial ties in clean energy, manufacturing, Space, S&T, telecom, AI and critical minerals to build resilient supply chains. They also discussed bilateral defence and security cooperation and hoped for further enhancing the defence and industrial collaboration.

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