Naveen Patnaik meeting with Pope Francis. (Photo Credits: Twitter/Naveen Patnaik)
Rome: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Pope Francis in Vatican City on Wednesday. The Chief Minister is leading a high level delegation to Rome and Dubai. The delegation is scheduled to visit World Food Program (WFP) Headquarters in Rome to share Odisha’s “transformational journey” in food security and disaster management.
On Tuesday, the Chief Minister paid tribute to freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi at the MG Memorial Statue in Piazza Gandhi, Rome. Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said that he is inspired by the ideals and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation of India.
In 2018, during the first meeting of the National Committee to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Patnaik proposed that India’s biggest tribute to Gandhi on his 150th anniversary was to incorporate the distinctive Indian ideal of non-violence. Non-violence, in the Preamble to the Indian Constitution.
Patnaik also quoted Mahatma Gandhi at that time that there can be no progress without peace. In 2019, Patnaik unveiled the Gandhi Talisman at the Lok Seva Bhawan. At that time he said that the talisman would inspire everyone to selflessly work for the poorest of the poor.
On his way back, Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to meet investors from the Middle East and surrounding regions in Dubai.
“He will invite potential investors to come and invest in Odisha and assure them of all support and facilitation by the state government,” a statement said.
He will also hold one-on-one meetings with some of the biggest investors in the sector. A high level industrial delegation from Odisha will also be present during the investors’ meet for possible partnership with foreign investors.
Patnaik is also scheduled to meet Odia diaspora from the Middle East in Dubai and invite them to discuss Odisha’s transformational journey over the past two decades and partner with the state government, the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
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