India, Italy acknowledge connectivity's importance

ANI | Updated: Oct 30, 2017 23:31 IST

New Delhi [India], October 30 (ANI): India and Italy on Monday underlined that 'connectivity' initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni underlined the importance of connectivity in today's globalised world.

They opined that connectivity initiatives must follow principles of financial responsibility, accountable debt financing practices, balanced ecological and environmental protection, preservation standards and social sustainability.

Both leaders welcomed the resumption of Alitalia direct flights between the two countries.

The improved transport connectivity between the two countries is a result of a fruitful cooperation between respective aeronautical authorities.

The Indian and Italian aeronautical authorities are committed to strengthen the understanding in force relating to operation of air services between the two countries.

The leaders also welcomed the operationalisation of the EU-India Horizontal Agreement which will enhance air connectivity between India and Europe and help foster greater people-to-people contacts, business travel and increase in tourism.

Both sides welcomed the entry into force of the bilateral agreement on exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passport.(ANI)