Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his 20day G20 Summit, gets to meet Pope Francis that was scheduled for 20 minutes and lasted for about an hour, on Saturday in Vatican City, reported PTI. Mr. Modi was accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
“Had a very warm meeting with Pope Francis. I had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with him and also invited him to visit India,” came a tweet from Narendra Modi’s personal account.
The Foreign Ministry informed later that Prime Minister’s invitation was “accepted with pleasure”.
“It may be recalled that the last Papal Visit happened in 1999 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and Pope John Paul II came to India. Now it is during PM Modi’s Prime Ministerial term that the Pope has been invited to visit India,” sources said.
No certain agenda was set for the meeting with the Pope. “I believe tradition is not to have an agenda when you discuss issues with His Holiness. And I think we respect that. I’m sure the issues that will be covered would cover a range of areas of interests in terms of the general global perspectives and issues that are important to all of us,” said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla yesterday.