New Delhi (India): India and Italy on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to deepening bilateral economic ties and enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries.
It was discussed during the 21st session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) meeting, held virtually. The meeting was co-chaired by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio.
“Co-chaired the 21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic cooperation with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio. Reaffirmed our shared commitment to deepening our bilateral economic ties and enhancing mutual cooperation,” Piyush Goyal said in a tweet.
Earlier, in February 2019, the 20th India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held in New Delhi, during which India and Italy discussed ways to increase cooperation in engineering, infrastructure and agriculture in a bid to promote trade and investments between the countries.
Earlier, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on Thursday met Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini and exchanged views on strengthening defence cooperation between both countries.
In a tweet, Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army) said that “General MM Naravane #COAS called on Italian Defense Minister Hon’ble Lorenzo Guerini and exchanged views on strengthening India-Italy defense cooperation. He also interacted with Lieutenant General Pietro Serino, Chief of the Italian Army and discussed aspects of joint military cooperation.”
The Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army began a two-day visit to Italy on Wednesday with the aim of further expanding bilateral strategic cooperation.
He arrived in Italy from the United Kingdom on the second leg of his two-nation tour.
Last year, India and Italy inked 15 pacts and finalized an ambitious action plan to further expand their ties following a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte.
The four-year action plan had mentioned a number of areas for expansion of cooperation which included climate change, regional connectivity, counter-terror mechanism, manufacturing, environment, and food processing.
General MM Naravane will also inaugurate the Indian Army Memorial in the famous town of Cassino which endured intense and bloody fighting during the Second World War.
General MM Naravane will also be briefed at the Italian Army’s Counter IED Centre of Excellence at Cecchingola, Rome.