PM Modi meets Pope Francis, invites him to visit India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday invited Pope Francis to visit India during a "very warm" meeting at the Vatican City which lasted for an hour.
Rome (Italy): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday invited Pope Francis to visit India during a "very warm" meeting at the Vatican City which lasted for an hour.
"Had a very warm meeting with Pope Francis. I had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with him and also invited him to visit India. @Pontifex," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
The meeting was scheduled only for 20 minutes, however, it went on for an hour, sources said.
Prime Minister Modi and Pope Francis discussed a wide range of issues aimed at making the planet better such as fighting climate change and removing poverty. It may be recalled that the last Papal Visit happened in 1999 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and Pope John Paul II came.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. He arrived in Italy on Friday to participate in the two-day G20 Summit.
The Vatican is a city-state surrounded by Rome and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
On Friday, Prime Minister Modi met with top European Union leaders and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. They congratulated Prime Minister Modi for India's excellent progress on the COVID-19 vaccination.
He also interacted with members of the Indian diaspora in Italy. The Prime Minister will be in the capital city of Italy till October 31. (ANI)