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G7 Summit 2024 highlights: PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni

G7 Summit in Italy highlights: The visit to Italy is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first in his third tenure, for which he was sworn-in on June 9.
G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi held bilateral talks with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni
G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi held bilateral talks with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni

G7 Summit Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders, including UK counterpart Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and others, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, in southern Italy's Apulia. Later, the Prime Minister also met Pope Francis of the Vatican....Read More

On Thursday, while departing for Italy, the Prime Minister said in a statement, “I look forward to meeting fellow world leaders and discussing a wide range of issues aimed at making our planet better and improving lives of people.”

Ukraine war: On Thursday, G7 leaders agreed on a new $50 billion loan for Ukraine using profits from frozen Russian assets. President Joe Biden said this move showed Moscow that “we're not backing down”. At the G7 summit in Italy, the leaders decided to use interest from these assets to support the loan, helping Kyiv as it faces its third year of war with Russia. US President Joe Biden and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a 10-year security agreement on Thursday to strengthen Ukraine's defense against Russia and help it move closer to joining NATO. Biden, speaking at a press conference with Zelensky, said the deal demonstrated to Russian President Vladimir Putin the unwavering commitment of Kyiv's allies. He emphasised that the G7 leaders were united and determined, sending a clear message to Putin.

Israel-Gaza war: G7 leaders on Thursday showed their support for a truce and hostage deal in the Hamas-Israel war. Biden said the main obstacle so far was that Hamas was refusing to agree.

Moreover, Besides the conflict in Ukraine, the Hamas-Israel conflict in Gaza is ongoing, and economic tensions between China and Western countries are increasing. The summit began on Thursday with a session on Africa, then moved to the Middle East, and on Friday, the focus will be on China, with a visit from Pope Francis.

2024 G7 Summit: The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Italy, hosting the summit, has invited African leaders — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Kenyan President William Ruto, and Tunisian President Kais Saied — to discuss Meloni's plans for development and migration in Africa. Other guests include Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many G7 countries are also experiencing political changes. With Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and French President Emmanuel Macron facing elections soon, there is pressure on the G7 to achieve as much as possible while the current leadership remains.

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June 15, 2024 2:02 AM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: ‘Interaction with Chancellor Scholz was productive,’ says PM Modi

After meeting Germany's Olaf Scholz, during G7 Summit in Italy, PM Modi tweeted, “Today's interaction with Chancellor Scholz was very productive. The India-Germany Strategic Partnership can play a major role in furthering global growth which is inclusive and sustainable.”

June 15, 2024 1:01 AM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi shares world leaders' pic from Italy

June 14, 2024 11:56 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held bilateral talks in Apulia, Italy, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.

June 14, 2024 11:43 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Friday on the sidelines of G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy.

June 14, 2024 11:16 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi shares photos of moments with US President Joe Biden

June 14, 2024 10:33 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi ‘proud’ of India's role in African Union joining G20

We are proud that G-20, under presidency of India, made the African Union a permanent member of the grouping: PM Modi

June 14, 2024 10:09 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi on speech at G7 Outreach Session

Spoke at the G7 Outreach Session on AI and Energy, Africa and Mediterranean. Highlighted a wide range of subjects, notably, the wide scale usage of technology for human progress. The rise of technology in various aspects of human life has also reaffirmed the importance of cyber security. Spoke about how India is leveraging AI for its development journey. It is important that AI remain transparent, secure, accessible and responsible: PM Modi on

June 14, 2024 9:53 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: India representing Global South, says PM Modi

“India has considered it its responsibility to put priorities and concerns of countries of the Global South on world stage,” says PM Modi.

June 14, 2024 9:39 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi speaks at Outreach Session

PM Modi speaks at the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit.

“Together we should make efforts to make coming time a ‘Green Era.’ The Global South are bearing brunt of global uncertainties and tensions,” he says.

June 14, 2024 9:07 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi invites Pope Francis to visit India

Met Pope Francis on the sidelines of the @G7 Summit. I admire his commitment to serve people and make our planet better. Also invited him to visit India: PM Modi on X.

June 14, 2024 8:53 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Pope Francis calls for ban on ‘lethal autonomous weapons’

In light of the tragedy that is armed conflict, it is urgent to reconsider the development and use of devices like the so-called 'lethal autonomous weapons' and ultimately ban their use. This starts from an effective and concrete commitment to introduce ever greater and proper human control. No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being: Pope Francis

June 14, 2024 8:30 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: UN agencies must be able to work ‘seamlessly' in Gaza, says G7 nations

We agree it is critical that UNRWA and other UN organisations and agencies' distribution networks be fully able to deliver aid to those who need it most, fulfilling their mandate effectively: Draft statement

June 14, 2024 8:13 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Macron praises PM Modi's initiative on AI

In his address at the outreach session of the G7 Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron praised PM Narendra Modi's initiative on AI (Artificial Intelligence)and DPI (Digital Public Infrastructure) as G20 Chair.

June 14, 2024 8:01 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM participates in session on AI, Energy, Africa, and Mediterranean

Prime Minister Modi participates in the Outreach Session on Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa and Mediterranean that is currently underway.

June 14, 2024 7:30 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Putin's ‘peace offer’ cannot be trusted says Zelensky

The ‘ceasefire’ offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin is an ‘ultimatum’ which cannot be trusted. Putin would not stop his military offensive even if his ceasefire demands were met: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Italy's SkyTG24 news channel.

June 14, 2024 7:16 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 Summit

“We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people's ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines. We need to ensure and safeguard a space for proper human control over the choices made by artificial intelligence programmes: Human dignity itself depends on it," says Pope Francis.

June 14, 2024 6:46 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi meets Pope Francis

PM Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis of Vatican City at the G7 Summit in southern Italy. Pope Francis hugs Prime Minister Modi.

June 14, 2024 6:38 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Leaders discuss steps to ‘level’ China playing field

“The leaders are discussing additional steps to level the playing field in trade with China and protect their economic security. For too long, China has been playing by a different set of rules, with unfair and anti-competitive economic practices,” says a senior US official.

June 14, 2024 6:08 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi meets Italian premier Girogia Meloni

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Italian counterpart and host, Giorgia Meloni. The two leaders greet each other with a ‘Namaste.’

June 14, 2024 5:50 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: G7 launches Apulia Food Systems Initiative

G7 leaders launch the Apulia Food Systems Initiative (AFSI) low-income countries and to support projects in Africa, one of the top priorities under Italy's rotating G7 presidency this year.

The initiative is named after the southern Italian region hosting the leaders' summit.

June 14, 2024 5:18 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Bloc objects to China's ‘dangerous’ South China Sea forays

We continue opposing China's dangerous use of coastguard and maritime militia in the South China Sea and its repeated obstruction of countries' high seas freedom of navigation: Draft Statement

June 14, 2024 4:58 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds ‘productive meeting’ with Ukraine's Zelensky

Had a very productive meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. India is eager to further cement bilateral relations with Ukraine. Regarding the ongoing hostilities, reiterated that India believes in a human-centric approach and believes that the way to peace is through dialogue and diplomacy: PM Narendra Modi on X.

June 14, 2024 4:43 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi on talks with UK counterpart Rishi Sunak

It was a delight to meet PM @RishiSunak. in Italy. I reiterated my commitment to further strengthen the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the third term of the NDA Government. There is great scope to deepen ties in sectors like semiconductors, technology and trade. We also talked about further cementing ties in the defence sector: PM Narendra Modi on X.

June 14, 2024 4:15 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Pope Francis arrives for ‘historic’ address

Vatican's Pope Francis to become the first head of the Catholic Church to take part in the meeting of rich nations. The Pope, 87, will speak about the risks and rewards of artificial intelligence and hold 10 bilaterals with the leaders of the United States, India, Ukraine, Turkey and Brazil, among others.

June 14, 2024 3:57 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds meet with Ukraine's Zelensky

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy.

June 14, 2024 3:52 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024: MEA on Modi-Macron meet

The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen partnership including in areas of defence, nuclear, space, education, climate action, digital public infrastructure, critical technologies, connectivity and culture. They also exchanged views on key global and regional issues: Ministry of External Affairs

June 14, 2024 3:36 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi meets UK counterpart Rishi Sunak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets British counterpart Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G7 Summit. The two leaders hug each other.

June 14, 2024 3:32 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: PM Modi, France's Macron meet on sidelines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy.

June 14, 2024 2:58 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Bloc resolves to act against countries supporting Russia

In draft statement, the G7 resolves to continue actions against countries backing Russia in Ukraine war.

“We will continue taking measures against actors in China and third countries that materially support Russia's war machine,” the statement says.

June 14, 2024 2:43 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Leaders in discussion in fourth session | Video

Leaders of the G7 nations discuss migration in the fourth session of the Summit.

June 14, 2024 2:19 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: First foreign visit of PM Modi's third term

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Italy is his first in his third term, for which he was sworn-in on June 9, five days after results of the Lok Sabha elections were declared. This is also his third consecutive term as PM.

June 14, 2024 1:53 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: G7 leaders on China

The G7 democracies are also looking for a shared response to China's alleged support of Russia's military actions, which the US says is worsening the war in Ukraine.

"G7 countries agree on how to handle China," a Japanese government source told AFP.

The meeting happens as trade relations between China and the West worsen. For example, the European Union recently announced new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles. The US, Japan, and the European Union, which joins G7 summits as an unofficial eighth member, are all worried about China's "industrial overcapacity."

They say Beijing's large subsidies, especially in green energy and technology like solar panels and electric vehicles, lead to very cheap products that flood the global market, making it hard for Western companies to compete, especially in the green tech industry.

June 14, 2024 12:31 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Italy PM Giorgia Meloni greets delegates with ‘namaste’

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni greeted world leaders with a 'namaste' at the G7 Summit on Thursday. Videos of Meloni's gesture, where she welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen with folded hands, are going viral on social media. Netizens are praising Meloni for her traditional Indian greeting.

June 14, 2024 12:00 PM IST

G7 Summit 2024 LIVE: Joe Biden's embarrassing stroll and salute at G7 event sparks fresh concerns

A few days after a misstep with French President Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden found himself in another awkward situation. During a G-7 event in Apulia, Italy, the US President appeared to lose his way. While world leaders watched a parachute display, Biden wandered off and started talking to an officer who was packing a bag. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had to step in and guide Biden back to his place, resulting in an awkward moment during a group photo. Additionally, Biden was seen saluting Meloni before walking away, adding to the series of uncomfortable interactions.

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June 14, 2024 11:35 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: France's Macron in foreign policy limbo at G7

When French President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Italy for the G7 summit on Thursday, he could have seemed a bit downcast. However, despite recently dissolving parliament and putting France into a turbulent political time just before the Olympic Games, he appeared all smiles as he was greeted by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Macron's decision came after the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) defeated his party in the EU parliamentary elections, weakening his position and surprising some of his closest allies, according to diplomats.

June 14, 2024 11:03 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: G7 summit turns to migration after promising tens of billions to Ukraine

On Friday, the second day of the G7 summit, leaders will focus on migration, aiming to combat trafficking and boost investment in countries where migrants begin their often dangerous journeys. Italy, the summit host, prioritizes this issue, with Premier Giorgia Meloni pushing for more funding for African nations to reduce migration to Europe.

Held at a luxury resort in Italy’s Puglia region, the summit will also address global conflicts and the rise of artificial intelligence. Long-standing topics like climate change and China are also on the agenda. At the start of the summit, leaders pledged tens of billions of dollars in aid for Ukraine.

June 14, 2024 10:31 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: Pope Francis to be the first pontiff to address a G7 summit

Pope Francis, known for his concerns about artificial intelligence (AI), will address G7 leaders for the first time at their annual summit in southern Italy. His worries about AI extend beyond viral photos to the ethical implications of its rapid advancement, particularly with generative AI like OpenAI's ChatGPT. He advocates for international agreements to regulate AI development, stressing the importance of incorporating human values like compassion, morality, and forgiveness. Francis believes unchecked AI poses significant risks without these ethical safeguards, urging global cooperation to ensure its responsible use.

June 14, 2024 10:00 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: Summit focuses on growing tensions with China

G7 leaders are focusing on China during their Italy summit's second day on Friday. They aim to safeguard their industries without escalating into a trade war with Beijing. US President Joe Biden and leaders from Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Britain will discuss fair trade, particularly in green technology, in Puglia. The G7 nations, wealthy democracies, also seek a unified approach to China's reported backing of Russia's military activities, which the US claims is exacerbating the conflict in Ukraine.

June 14, 2024 9:40 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: Leaders tackle the migration issue on the second day

Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrial nations are focusing on migration on the summit's second day Friday. They aim to tackle issues like human trafficking and increase investments in countries where migrants often begin perilous journeys.

The summit, held at a luxurious resort in Italy's southern Puglia region, is covering various critical topics including financial aid for Ukraine, the Gaza conflict, artificial intelligence, climate change, and China's economic policies.

However, disagreements have surfaced over the wording of the summit's final statement, particularly regarding a mention of abortion.

Italy, hosting the summit, has a keen interest in migration as it is a major entry point into the European Union for people escaping conflict and poverty in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

June 14, 2024 9:16 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: What does PM Modi's schedule look like?

During his day-long visit, Modi will join a summit session called "Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa-Mediterranean," hosted by Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni and attended by Pope Francis. The Pope will also have a private meeting with Modi. Additionally, Modi has several meetings planned with world leaders at the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia.

June 14, 2024 8:33 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: What PM Modi said after landing in Italy

Prime Minister posted on X, “Landed in Italy to take part in the G7 Summit. Looking forward to engaging in productive discussions with world leaders. Together, we aim to address global challenges and foster international cooperation for a brighter future.”

June 14, 2024 8:00 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: Biden, Zelenskyy inch closer to NATO with 10-year defense agreement

U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a 10-year security agreement on Thursday to strengthen Ukraine's defense against Russian forces and move closer to NATO membership.

The agreement, signed during the G7 summit in Italy, pledges ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine's security, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to officials.

June 14, 2024 7:32 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: What did Zelenskyy say at joint conference with Biden?

After agreeing to a security pact with the US, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the "agreement is a step forward" towards Kyiv's goal of joining NATO, according to CNN. Zelenskyy spoke at a press conference with US President Joe Biden during the G7 Summit in Italy on Thursday.

“It states that America supports Ukraine's future membership in NATO and recognizes that our security agreement is a bridge to Ukraine's membership in NATO,” he said as per CNN.

June 14, 2024 6:46 AM IST

G7 Summit in Italy LIVE: China to dominate the day, Pope to lead AI discussions

Group of Seven (G7) leaders will wrap up their annual summit on Friday, with China being a major topic of discussion before Pope Francis makes a historic appearance to talk about artificial intelligence (AI).

The pope will be joined by 10 other heads of state and government, including India's prime minister and Jordan's king, as the G7 opens its doors to outsiders to show it isn't an exclusive club.

On the first day of their meeting in southern Italy, the G7 nations agreed on a deal to provide $50 billion in loans for Ukraine, funded by interest from frozen Russian assets, calling it a strong signal of Western resolve.

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