‘Hello friends, from #Melodi’: Everything you need to know about Italian Giorgia Meloni’s viral video with Prime Minister Modi

A selfie and a short video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni at the G7 summit in Italy have gone viral on several social media platforms.

The two leaders met on Friday towards the end of Modi's day-long visit to Puglia in southern Italy, his first foreign visit after taking office as Indian prime minister in his historic third term.

In the five-second video, which Meloni shared on social media site X on Saturday, the two heads of state can be seen smiling.

“Greetings from Melodi team,” Meloni, the country’s first female prime minister, said in the video, as Prime Minister Modi could be seen laughing behind her.

“Hello friends, from #Melodi,” she wrote next to the video.

In his reply, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “Long live the friendship between India and Italy!”

Following the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Meloni at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai last year, “#Melodi” became a trending topic on social media. Meloni had captioned the photo, “Good friends at COP28. #Melodi.”

During his visit, Prime Minister Modi also held talks with Meloni on the sidelines of the G7 summit and discussed bilateral relations.

Meloni congratulated Modi on his third consecutive term as Prime Minister, while Prime Minister Modi thanked her for the invitation to attend the G7 Summit and expressed his appreciation for its successful conclusion, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

“The two leaders noted with satisfaction the regular political dialogue and reviewed the progress of the India-Italy strategic partnership. They expressed their joy at the growing trade and economic cooperation and called for expanding trade relations in clean energy, manufacturing, space, science and technology, telecom, AI and critical minerals to build resilient supply chains. In this context, they welcomed the recent signing of an MoU on Industrial Property Rights (IPR), which provides a framework for cooperation on patents, designs and trademarks,” the statement said.

In addition to Meloni, Prime Minister Modi also met with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, among other international leaders.