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Italy increases cultural reach in India, India News News | Instant News

In the year that Italy remembers one of its greatest poets Dante Alighieri, the country has increased its cultural reach in India. Last week, the Italian envoy to India, Vincenzo de Luca inaugurated the Italian Cultural Festival in India. The mega Italian cultural festival in India was opened in the presence of Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and the Director General of the Council for Indian Cultural Relations, Dinesh K. Patnaik.

The event was held at the Italian embassy in Delhi. The event, which follows all COVID-19 protocols, is the first physical event organized by the embassy since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The outreach will see an important focus on Dante Alighieri, whose 700th anniversary of his death comes this year. As part of his memorial service, a program will be held that will feature a number of events from the participation of experts at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) to music, theater and cinematographic productions dedicated to his masterpiece “Divine Comedy”.

During last year’s India-Italy virtual summit, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte invited Indian PM Modi to his country for Dante Alighieri’s birthday celebrations. He has made numerous references to India, including a reference to the Ganges in his “Divine Comedy”.

Meanwhile, Italy will attend India’s premier film festival and will promote “innovative projects” as part of its outreach. A documentary screening dedicated to India by Italian film directors – Pasolini and Rossellini – is scheduled for an open cinema session. The second half of 2021 will see an exhibition of Italian fashion inspired by India, which will be held at a historical monument in Delhi.


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PM Modi, Giuseppe ink 15 MoU; discuss broad issues | Instant News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Prof Giuseppe Conte on Friday held a virtual meeting and discussed various issues related to bilateral relations, and ways to deal with the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As per the joint statement, the two agreed to strengthen defense engagement through joint development and co-production of military systems and decided to conclude a migration and mobility partnership agreement at the earliest.

Furthermore, the two leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and pledged to strengthen cooperation in fighting the threat at the bilateral level and in multilateral forums.

“In accordance with the relevant UN Resolutions, both sides support a comprehensive approach in preventing and combating terrorism, based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and international law,” the statement read.

In addition, they also discussed ways to deal with the adverse effects of the corona virus pandemic. PM Modi, in his opening remarks, said that the COVID-19 outbreak will remain as important in history as it was for the Second World War.

“We have to adjust to the post-Corona world. We must be ready to face the opportunities and challenges that arise from it,” he said.

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15 MoU signed

Furthermore, in a major development, India and Italy signed 15 pacts and finalized an ambitious action plan to further expand their relationship after the virtual summit. The following MoUs have been signed –

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