NEW DELHI: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Thursday stated she hoped India would use its G20 presidency to dealer an finish to the Ukraine conflict, and likewise unveiled a brand new strategic partnership with New Delhi.
Meloni’s go to to the Indian capital comes as town hosts the world’s high diplomats for the Group of 20 overseas ministers’ assembly, with Russia’s invasion of its western neighbour on the high of the agenda.
The federal government of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is strolling a fragile balancing act between its elevated safety cooperation with Western nations and its reliance on Russia for defence and oil imports.
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“Prime Minister Modi is aware of very nicely Italy’s place, which is giving full help to the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Meloni advised reporters.
“We each hope that India having the presidency of the G20 could play a central function in facilitating a negotiated course of for the cessation of hostilities for a simply peace.”
Longstanding safety ties with Russia have put host India in a clumsy diplomatic place, after it refused to sentence the Ukraine invasion over the previous 12 months.
Whereas India has stopped in need of condemnation, Modi advised Putin final 12 months this was “not a time for conflict” in feedback seen as a rebuke to Moscow.
“Proper from the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, India has made it clear that solely dialogue and diplomacy can remedy this battle,” Modi stated at Thursday’s press convention. “India is able to contribute totally to any peace course of.”
At their assembly, the Italian and Indian leaders dedicated to a brand new strategic partnership which would come with higher defence cooperation and the beginning of joint navy workouts.
Modi stated India welcomed Italy’s dedication to “lively participation” within the Indo-Pacific area and stated each nations had been exploring cooperation on renewable power and different areas.