Setting the stage for a new chapter in Indo-Italian ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated right-wing coalition leader Giorgia Meloni for winning the national election in the European country.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Modi said that he "looks forward to working together" with Meloni to bolster bilateral ties. Meloni is certain to become Italy's first woman PM.
"Congratulations @GiorgiaMeloni for leading your party @FratellidItalia to victory in the Italian general elections. We look forward to working together to strengthen our ties," the Indian PM tweeted.
Italy is India's fifth largest trading partner in the European Union and the annual bilateral trade turnover currently stands at 10 billion Euros. More than 600 Italian companies are operating in India.
In October 2021, Modi visited Italy for the G20 Summit in Rome. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Indian PM met his Italian counterpart and also called on Pope Francis in Vatican.