Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni greeting world leaders with Namaste. Photo Courtesy: X/@GiorgiaMeloni and X/@BJP4India

“Hello from the Melodi team,” says Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni taking a selfie with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy, giving a virtual shoutout to the netizens who casually refer to the two global leaders as Melodi.

Sharing a video on her X handle, Meloni said, “Hi friends, from #Melodi.”

In the video, the Italian Prime Minister was heard saying, “Hello from the Melodi team.” The two Prime Ministers were seen waving looking at the camera.

In a picture which went viral on social media, Meloni can be seen clicking the selfie with Modi by her side while both were in all smiles.

The viral picture was almost a deja vu moment for the two global leaders whose selfie at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai turned out to be popular.

During the G7 Sumit, Meloni also chose to greet people with a Namaste, a traditional Indian hand gesture, rather than handshaking.

The Italian city of  Apulia hosted the summit this year from June 13 to June 15.

On the work front, Modi Friday held bilateral talks with his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni with whom he had a “good meeting” to cement ties between two countries.

Modi also thanked her for inviting him to the G7 Summit. Earlier he was welcomed by Meloni in Italy.

India has been invited to the G7 Summit as an Outreach country.

The bilateral talks concentrated on India-Italy relations in areas like commerce, energy, defence, telecom and more.

“Our nations will work together in futuristic areas like biofuels, food processing and critical minerals,” PM Modi posted in an X post.