India and Italy strengthen consular ties in second dialogue

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Delegates from Italy (L) and India during their talks in the second India-Italy Consular Dialogue. (Photo: Foreign ministry)

New Delhi: Senior officials from India and Italy convened in New Delhi for the second India-Italy Consular Dialogue, on Thursday. The Indian delegation, led by Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi, secretary for consular, passport, visa, and overseas Indian affairs (CPV & OIA) in the Indian foreign ministry, included joint secretary CPV Dr Srinivasa KJ and other officials from various divisions of the foreign ministry, as well as representatives from other ministries and agencies.

They hosted the Italian delegation, headed by Luigi Maria Vignali, director general for migratory policies and Italians abroad in the Italian foreign ministry, along with Italian ambassador to India Vincenzo de Luca.

The dialogue between these two strategic partner countries reaffirmed the robust people-to-people connections and cooperation they share across consular matters of mutual interest. Discussions covered a wide spectrum of topics, including expedited visa processing, student and professional mobility, safe and legal migration, the MMPA (Mutual Mobility and Protection Agreement), safeguarding vulnerable women and children, and facilitating seamless travel for their respective citizens.

Both sides have concurred to convene the next India-Italy Consular Dialogue in Rome on a mutually convenient date.


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