Italian Foreign Minister and Jaishankar call for cessation of hostilities during meeting

India and Italy on Friday expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian crisis and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

After the visit, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, the Foreign Ministry said: “Regarding Ukraine, the two ministers expressed their concern over the ongoing humanitarian crisis and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. They also stressed the importance of safeguarding the international order based on the Charter of the United Nations, paying particular attention to respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

This is the Italian Foreign Minister’s first visit to India.

The two foreign ministers reviewed the entire bilateral relationship, including progress in implementing the 2020-24 action plan adopted at the November 2020 virtual summit.

“They welcomed the growing bilateral trade and investment ties and agreed to expand them into new areas of common interest,” the MEA said.

“They also discussed the implementation of the India-Italy strategic partnership on energy transition announced last year during the Prime Minister’s visit to Italy and agreed to explore partnerships in areas such as transport of gas, green hydrogen, biofuels and energy storage.Furthermore, they agreed to jointly host an India-Italy Technology Summit on Energy Transition and Circular Economy, to be held in Delhi on 17 November 2022,” the ministry said.

The two leaders noted the potential for closer industrial collaboration, including in the field of defence. They reiterated their commitment to work closely together to tackle common challenges related to terrorism, violent extremism and cybercrime, he added.

“In the context of recent geopolitical developments, they also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, including Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific and cooperation in multilateral forums, including the G20,” the MEA said.

During the visit, Di Maio also had a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and co-chaired a business roundtable which saw the participation of top business leaders, especially in the energy, defence, sustainable mobility and infrastructure sectors.

Earlier in his visit, Di Maio traveled to Bengaluru on May 5, where he met Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and inaugurated the premises of the new Consulate General of the Italian Republic. He also visited the Indian Space Research Organization and the Indian Institute of Science, as well as officials from their Italian counterparts, the Italian Space Agency and Elettra Sinctrotrone Trieste, with whom scientific partnerships and joint projects are underway. of development.