On the second day of his visit to Italy, PM Narendra Modi interacted with US President Joe Biden, and French President Emmanuel Macron during the G20 Summit in Rome.
In a series of photos tweeted by the PMO India, Prime Minister Modi is seen meeting Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "On the sidelines of the @g20org Rome Summit, PM @narendramodi interacts with various leaders," the PMO said in the tweet.
In the pictures, Modi is seen walking with Biden in a half embrace, apparently sharing a light chitchat. The two leaders are seen happy to be in each other's company. Biden hosted Modi at the White House on September 24 for their first in-person meeting.
In other photos, Modi is seen embracing Macron and engaged in an animated discussion with Trudeau and Johnson. Earlier, all the world leaders participating in the G20 Summit, including Modi, gathered for a "family photo".
"World leaders meet in Rome for the @g20org Summit, an important multilateral forum for global good," the PMO said in another tweet.
Ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Rome, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the G20 remains a valuable forum for India's engagement with major economies in the world and for setting the trends and norms for global economic development and recovery.
The prime minister will be participating in the G20 Summit in Rome from October 30-31 at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Italy has been holding the presidency of the G20 since December last year.
The G20 is a leading global forum that brings together the world's major economies.
Its members account for more than 80 per cent of the global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of the population of the planet.
The forum has met every year since 1999 and includes, since 2008, a yearly summit, with the participation of the respective heads of state and government. The Rome summit will be attended by heads of state and government of G20 member countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and several international organisations.
The summit will be centred around the theme 'People, Planet, Prosperity, focussing on the areas of recovery from the pandemic and strengthening of global health governance.
During the G20 summit, Macron told reporters on Friday he expects the G-20 to confirm an additional $100 billion to support Africa's economies. Biden also interacted with his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi today.
India has received "tremendous" support from the G20 nations on its suggestion on mutual recognition of travel documents, including testing and vaccine certificates, Union minister and India's Sherpa for G20 meet Piyush Goyal said on Friday.
He said that India has also pushed the G20 members to address the mismatch between the source of generation of profits and the jurisdiction where profits are taxed as this will ensure that large multinational corporations pay a minimum effective corporate tax in the country of their operation.
Besides, he said, the country strongly pushed for the need for balancing in the 'data free flow with trust' narrative with cross border data flows and accommodating development imperatives of the developing countries.
When asked more about mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, Goyal, who is commerce and industry minister, said that by and large, there is a broad consensus on this because all the nations wish to restart travel, economic activities and bring back normalcy.