Sushma Swaraj arrives in Italy

Paris: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Italy on Sunday as part of her first official visit to the country.

Swaraj was received by Indian ambassador to Italy Reenat Sandhu at the airport.

During her visit, Swaraj will call on Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and will meet her Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

Both leaders are expected to review bilateral relations between the two countries.
From Italy, Swaraj will depart for France, where she is expected to meet Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Her visit comes at a time when both nations are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

While in Paris, Swaraj will be the Chief Guest at the naming ceremony of the Indian Culture Centre and also interact with the Indian community.

Later on, Swaraj will be visiting Luxembourg from June 19-20, marking the 70th year of establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.

This will be followed by a two-day visit to Belgium where she is scheduled to meet Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani.

The week-long visit is aimed at providing an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions with the political leadership on a wide range of global, regional and bilateral issues, and advance India’s growing strategic engagement with the European Union. (ANI)