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India, Italy mark diamond jubilee of ties at Raisina Dialogue

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India's stand on the ongoing Russia-Ukarine conflict, saying, "Ukraine dispute can be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy."

At a press meeting after meeting Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, PM Modi said, "From the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, India has clarified that this dispute can only be resolved through dialogues and diplomacy. And India is fully ready to contribute to any peace process."

Welcoming PM Meloni on her first visit to India, PM Modi said, "In last year's elections, the people of Italy voted for her and she became the first woman and youngest PM of Italy. I congratulate her on behalf of Indians for this historic achievement."

The Italian PM is the chief guest and the keynote speaker at the 8th Raisina Dialogue 2023.

This year marks the diamond jubilee, or 75 years of the bilateral relations between India and Italy.

"On this occasion, we have decided to give Strategic Partnership status to the Indo-Italy partnership. India will further strengthen its relationship with Italy in renewable energy, hydrogen, IT, telecom, semiconductors and space. A Startup Bridge is being announced today between India and Italy, which we welcome," said PM Modi.

He said India was also focussing on further strengthening economic relations with Italy.

"Our 'Make in India' and 'Artmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) campaigns are opening immense opportunities for investments in India," said PM Modi.


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