Government says Modi did not meet Italian PM last year

New Delhi: There was no meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi during the
UN General Assembly session last year, the external affairs ministry said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The response came after James Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, told The Hindu newspaper that Modi and Renzi had a brush-by meeting during which India offered to help settle the Italian marines’ case in
return for some evidence to implicate the Congress's Gandhi family in the chopper deal.

In his statement MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that as far as Michel was concerned, various law enforcement authorities of India were proceeding against him in cases relating to the Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Swarup also said that the Enforcement Directorate has also separately sent a Red Corner notice seeking the arrest and a request for Michel’s extradition from Britain on February 29.

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