Modi Welcomes Italian PM Meloni To India

Modi Welcomes Italian PM Meloni To India

Modi Welcomes Italian PM Meloni To India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to India, who is the chief guest and the keynote speaker at the inaugural session of the eighth Raisina Dialogue.

Earlier, she received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in Delhi.
The multilateral conference, Raisina Dialogue, held annually in New Delhi will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Ministry of External Affairs is organising the event in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) from March 2-4.

The conference which is being organised under the theme “Provocation, Uncertainty, Turbulence: Lighthouse in the Tempest?”, will witness the participation of representatives from over 100 countries.

The conference which will commence on Thursday will begin with an inaugural session from 6:30 – 7:30 pm (IST). An inaugural dinner will follow this from 7:45 – 9:45 pm which will include welcome remarks by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra.

There will be keynote addresses by Minister of Health and Family Welfare-Mansukh Mandaviya, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan-Sachiko Imoto, Member of Parliament, Portuguese National Parliament, Portugal-Ricardo Baptista Leite.

From 10:20 – 11:10 pm on Thursday, there will be a session on ‘Conversations Over Kahwa’ which will be presided over by Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, India- Sanjeev Sanyal, Political Director, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary-Balazs Orban, Founder, Her Afghanistan, USA, Mariam Wardak, among others.

Day two of the Raisina Dialogue will begin with a ministerial remarks session by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan from 9 – 9:10 am.

This will be followed by a panel discussion from 9:10-9:50 am, further details of which are yet to be announced.

There will be another panel discussion from 9:50-10:40 am which will be presided over by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission-Josep Borrell Fontelles, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada-Melanie Joly.

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim will preside over a panel discussion from 11:10-11:50 pm.

At 12 pm on Friday, there will be a conversation between Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov and the Chairman of Observer Research Foundation, Sunjoy Joshi.

From 4:25 – 5:15 pm on Friday, there will be a panel discussion on the topic ‘Bytes of Promise: How Can Technology Lift Communities?’, which will be presided over by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs MUM Ali Sabry.

Day three of the Raisina Dialogue, Saturday, will begin with Conversations over Breakfast.

At 9:15 am, there will be ministerial remarks by the Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, Meenakashi Lekhi.

From 5:10-6 pm on Saturday, there will be a panel discussion presided over by Croatia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlic Radman.

A showstopper panel discussion from 7:10-8 pm will be presided by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra. This will be followed by closing dinner discussions.

Over 2,500 participants would be joining the dialogue in person and the proceedings would reach millions across various digital platforms.

During the past eight years, the Raisina Dialogue has grown in stature and profile to establish itself as one of the leading global conferences on international affairs.

The last edition of Raisina Dialogue took place in Sydney where External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong in Sydney. (ANI)

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