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Prime Minister Modi meets Pope: A Historic Dialogue on Climate Change and Poverty Alleviation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Pope Francis on the side line of the G 7 Summit in Italy on June 14.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a two-day visit to Rome for the G7 Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, met with Pope Francis on June 14 at the Vatican.

Accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, Modi's meeting with the Pope was initially scheduled for 20 minutes but extended to an hour, according to a source familiar with the details.

During their discussion, Modi and the Pope addressed a wide range of issues, focusing on making the planet better. They explored collaborative efforts to combat climate change and eradicate poverty.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “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.”

The Vatican released a statement that provided no specific details of the conversation between Pope Francis and Prime Minister Modi.

This meeting marks the first interaction between a pope and an Indian prime minister in over two decades.


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