Giorgia Meloni does strategic business in India

Giorgia Meloni does strategic business in India

Greenish-yellow tuk-tuks whiz through the busy traffic of New Delhi, the beating heart of the world’s fifth economy. And on the majestic walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the monumental Indian presidential residence (with more than 340 rooms inside), small monkeys climb, which seem to scrutinize with curiosity the choreographic march with which the inter-force picket soldiers receive the Italian delegation in an official visit. Giorgia Meloni arrives here with a clear objective: to strengthen bilateral relations with India after almost a decade of diplomatic frost, mainly due to the maritime case, and to enhance Italy’s role in the Indo-Pacific area, especially at the commercial level. The Italian Prime Minister, accompanied by Chancellor Antonio Tajani, is keen to point out that yesterday’s trip is her first bilateral trip to Asia. And the fact that the choice of this first important stage fell to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India is not by chance. “We want to take our relationship further and higher. That’s why we decided to elevate our relations to a strategic partnership», says the prime minister during joint statements with Modi at Hyderabad House, the building where the prime minister receives foreign dignitaries. From defense to energy, from trade to technology: what is at the heart of the conversation between Modi and Meloni is a broad agenda. The bilateral agreement gives rise to an important agreement on defense matters: the two leaders, reads a joint document released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Delhi after the face-to-face meeting, “welcome the constant deepening of cooperation in defense matters between the two countries over the past two years, emphasizing the need to further strengthen mutual commitment in this field through the conclusion of a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding, ed) on cooperation» in this sector.

Meloni then announces Italy’s adherence to the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative, desired by Modi to strengthen maritime borders. Decision welcomed by the Indian Prime Minister. The confrontation between Meloni and Modi is also about Ukraine, where, however, the positions of Rome, clearly on the side of Kiev, and New Delhi, more sensitive to requests from Russia and China, differ. Meloni bets on the next Indian presidency of the G20, expecting “a central role” for India in the negotiation process for a “just peace”. A concept that Meloni will also reiterate in the Raisina Dialogue, in which he is the guest of honour. “The Russian attack is not simply an act of war or a localized conflict. It is an attack against the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation», articulates the Prime Minister before a very large audience. We cannot stand idly by in the face of this provocation against the very heart of the United Nations Charter, which threatens to undermine stability around the world. We cannot allow the law of the strongest to prevail over the force of the law”, said the FDI leader, underlining that peace “is a common interest”, not only of the West. In the joint statement by Italy and India, however, it is only Meloni who expresses a “firm condemnation” of Russian aggression against Ukraine. India limits itself to asking together with Italy “the cessation of hostilities”, expressing “serious concern about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine”. During the Prime Minister’s mission to New Delhi, the Italy-India forum was also held, chaired by Minister Tajani together with the Indian Minister of Trade and Industry, Piyush Goyal. The meeting is attended by senior management from some of the most important companies in Italy (from Piaggio to Leonardo, passing through Fincantieri) and India. Energy transition, connectivity and sustainable mobility, defense: these are the central themes of the forum, which is the scene of two important agreements signed by Enel with Tata Power. Meloni’s journey continues today, with a stopover in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. An important mission, which Meloni focuses a lot on to strengthen bilateral collaboration especially in terms of energy.

Source: IL Tempo

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