From Baghdad to Basel, Italian diplomatic and consular offices around the world celebrated Republic Day. Conferences, concerts and exhibitions, among other initiatives, focused on personalities from the world of politics, culture and business.
A live performance by the Arakne Mediterranea dance company from Apulia entertained the many guests invited to the reception held by Ambassador Talò in Tel Aviv, including Italian Education Minister Stefania Giannini, who highlighted the scientific cooperation between Italy and Israel. Over 60 academics were also involved in a series of conferences organised by the Embassy with their Israeli counterparts.
The Italian language was the protagonist of celebrations in Switzerland. In Basel, Ambassador Del Panta and Consul Camerota presented Argentinian footballer Walter Adriàn Samuel – who played for the city’s team – with the ‘Friends of the Italian language’ membership card. A register of Italian speakers aims to promote the Italian language across the world, particularly through high-profile testimonials from the world of sport, culture, art and food.
Republic Day was also celebrated in Baghdad, despite the limitations created by the security situation. In the presence of the Minister of Culture, the ceremony also provided an opportunity to show the public an exhibition of paintings by young Iraqi artists, who donated them to the Carabinieri in recognition of their commitment to training Iraqi police forces and safeguarding the country’s cultural heritage.
Italian food and music accompanied the reception held at the Embassy in Turkmenistan, attended as guests of honour by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The occasion was also used to announce the official opening of the new consular section of the Embassy, a further step forward in building structured cooperation relations with Turkmenistan.