New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (October 28) said the first in-person Summit of the G20 since the pandemic outbreak will help take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how "the G-20 can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience."
"Over the next few days, I would be in Rome, the Vatican City and Glasgow to attend important multilateral gatherings like the G-20 COP-26. There would also be various bilateral and community related programmes during this visit," Mr Modi tweeted.
In his departure statement, Mr Modi said that during his visit to Italy, he would also visit the Vatican City to call on His Holiness Pope Francis and meet Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
PM Modi has arrived in Rome on Friday and will be in Italy from Oct 29 to 31 for the G-20 Summit at the invitation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi. He will travel to Glasgow, the United Kingdom, from 1 to 2 November 2021 at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"This will be the first in-person Summit of the G20 since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 and will allow us to take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how the G20 can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience and building back inclusively and sustainably from the pandemic," he said.
On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Mr Modi will meet with leaders of other partner countries and review the progress in India's bilateral relations with them.
"Following the conclusion of the G20 Summit on Oct 31, I will depart for Glasgow to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I will be participating in the high-level segment of COP-26 titled 'World Leaders' Summit' (WLS) on 1-2 November, 2021 along with 120 Heads of States/Governments from around the world," he said.
The Prime Minister said, "In line with our tradition of living in harmony with nature and culture of deep respect for the planet, we are taking ambitious action on expanding clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and biodiversity."
"Today, India is creating new records in collective effort for climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience and forging multilateral alliances. India is among the top countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy, wind and solar energy capacity," he said.
The COP-26 Summit will also provide an opportunity to meet with all the stakeholders, including leaders of partner countries, innovators and Inter-Governmental Organization and explore the possibilities for further accelerating India's clean growth, the Prime Minister said.