June 06, 2022
The honarable Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik is all set to meet Pope Francis, the Pope of Rome and Head of Catholic Church in Vatican City later this month, as from the reports coming from his office. Naveen Patnaik is all set for an international tour by the end of June. The Odisha’s chief minister will visit Rome and UAE as well.
If the meeting takes place, Naveen would perhaps become the first head of a provincial government in India to call on the Pope.
The proposed foreign trip will be Naveen’s second in his 22 years as Chief Minister of Odisha. This would take place after a gap of ten years. His only overseas trip this far was in May 2012 when he toured the United Kingdom and an alleged aborted coup was attempted by then Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra.
Official sources said Naveen is scheduled to attend investors’ meets in Rome and Dubai and also meet non-resident Odia (NRO) delegations during his trip. He will be in UAE on June 28 to attend an industrial meet and several other events.