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Priyanka Chopra invites PM Narendra Modi for forum on child healthcare


The forum titled 'Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health' will be held in December in Delhi.

Shriram Iyengar

Actor Priyanka Chopra met prime minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday (11 April) as part of a delegation. The actress, who is a global goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, invited the prime minister to attend a forum on 'Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health' (PMNCH). The forum will be held in December in Delhi.

Chopra was part of the delegation led by union health minister JP Nadda, former president of Chile and PMNCH board member, Michelle Bachelet.

This would mark the second meeting of the actress with the prime minister, after she met him in 2017 during the promotion of her film, Baywatch, in Berlin. Then, the meeting had earned the actress flak for her apparent dress code of a floral print skirt. However, this time, the actress was dressed in a traditional white anarkali, which will certainly please the rabid conservatives.

On her Instagram, the actress outlined the nature of the conference and the purpose of it, writing, "The aim is very important - the improvement and transformation of access to quality healthcare at at every life stage for women, children and adolescents, in an effort to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030...This year, India will play host to the largest ever Partners' Forum, with more than 1,200 delegates from more than 92 countries."

Chopra also wrote about the nature of her interaction with the prime minister: "It was an insightful, positive conversation which was very heartening and inspiring because of the personal commitment of everyone at the meeting. We covered a lot of ground from the various efforts being taken by individual countries & partners to building a collective environment that could help propel the change we seek for a better world."

The actress made a flying visit to the country for the event, before returning to the shoot of her ongoing television series, Quantico, in the United States.