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Italian PM accorded ceremonial welcome

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who is on a two-day visit to India, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.

Gentiloni was welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Later in the day, Modi will hold delegation-level talks with Gentiloni, following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.

Gentiloni’s visit to India is the first such visit in a decade. Romano Prodi was the last Italian Prime Minister to visit India in February 2007.