Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 2 announced the establishment of a ‘Startup Bridge’ between India and Italy.
Speaking at the press meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Delhi’s Hyderabad House, the Prime Minister said that both countries have laid special emphasis on increasing cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, green hydrogen, IT, semiconductors, telecom and space. On India and Italy celebrating 75th years of bilateral relations this year, the PM said, “We have decided to give the status of Strategic Partnership to India-Italy partnership.”
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of India-Italy relations, Narendra Modi said, “We decided to make an action plan. With this, we will be able to showcase the diversity, history, science and technology, innovation, sports and achievements of both countries on the global stage.”
He also welcomed Italy’s active participation in the Indo-Pacific, saying the move will help in identifying concrete themes for enhancing our cooperation in the region.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also spoke on bilateral engagement between the two countries in areas of defence and security, economy and technology. She was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajan and a high-powered business delegation. This is her first visit to India and an Italian Prime Minister’s first visit in five years.