Italy – Communique issued by the Ministry for Europe and International Affairs (25 Might 2023)


Mme Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and International Affairs, visited Rome on 25 Might on the invitation of her Italian counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani.

The very cordial assembly, which adopted on from the current talks between President Macron and the Italian Prime Minister in Reykjavik and Hiroshima, confirmed how essential Franco-Italian cooperation is in tackling the challenges our two nations face.

The Minister reaffirmed France’s solidarity with Italy within the face of the lethal floods which have hit Emilia-Romagna: 43 French civil safety employees and a pumping unit have been in place in Ravenna since 24 Might.

Within the face of the Russian aggression of which it’s the sufferer, the ministers reaffirmed their frequent help for Ukraine, together with militarily, and on this regard they emphasised their want to strengthen Europe’s defence capabilities. Additionally they mentioned preparations for the forthcoming NATO summit in Vilnius on 11 and 12 July and the complementarity between the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union’s contribution to the continent’s safety.

In view of the migration problem Italy is going through as a rustic of first entry, the 2 ministers agreed to step up their cooperation bilaterally and at European degree, particularly within the framework of negotiations on the [New] Pact on Migration and Asylum and of their relations with Tunisia.

Additionally they known as for elevated European engagement in Africa within the political, financial and safety fields. Lastly, they reaffirmed their full help for the efforts of the Particular Consultant of the United Nations Secretary-Common for Libya.

The 2 nations will proceed the work begun on all these points and on bilateral questions, below the mechanisms offered for within the Quirinal Treaty. The ministers agreed to satisfy once more in Paris very quickly.


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