Today, in representation of the Italian Government, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sereni attended the official installation ceremony of the new Head of State in Chile with the passing of powers from incumbent president Sebastián Piñera to president-elect Gabriel Boric at the seat of Parliament in Valparaiso.
In an interview to Radio Bibobio, one of the Country’s major radio broadcasters, Sereni explained that her presence in Chile on behalf of Italy for the ‘Cambio de Mando’ is: “a sign of continuity; I would say of loyalty to the great friendship and affection that ties Italians to the Chilean people. In many moments in the course of history, Italy always succeeded to show its tangible closeness to Chile. In more recent times, I visited Chile shortly after the “Estallido social”. At the peak of the pandemic, we were the only foreign Country to send not only ventilators but also a mission of physicians specialized in combating Covid. The ‘Cambio de Mando’ is a great moment of republican democracy, and I am here to pay homage to the force and resilience of Chile’s Institutions.”
Yesterday, the Deputy Minister attended the outgoing president’s farewell ceremony in Santiago and met with the Italy-Chile Parliamentary Friendship Group. Over the next few days, Sereni has an agenda of meetings and talks with representatives of the Latin American Country’s political, economic, and academic world.