Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, received at the Farnesina the Secretary of State for Foreign and Political Affairs of the Republic of San Marino, Pasquale Valentini.
The talks, sustained by the climate of excellent relations between the two Countries, focused on the principal issues of bilateral interest, especially transparency in economic and financial cooperation between Rome and San Marino. To this end, Mr Gentiloni assured the support of the Italian Government to San Marino’s efforts to achieve ever-higher standards of governance and transparency in its Administration, also in the light of the excellent cooperation between the two States’ financial Administrations.
The talks also included concrete projects to relaunch cooperation in science and technology, transports and telecommunications. Minister Gentiloni and Secretary of State Valentini also agreed on the need to implement actions to enable San Marino to use some of the areas of Rimini’s International Airport, with a view to boosting the Republic’s regional economy as well as that of the Regions of Marche and Emilia-Romagna.
During the meeting, San Marino representatives illustrated how the ongoing negotiation process should lead to finalising an Association Agreement with the European Union. Italy expressed its hope that this process will take place in a positive and constructive climate which, in the light of the special bilateral relations with San Marino, it is ready to fully support in order to increasingly integrate small Countries (including Andorra and the Principality of Monaco) into the Common Market.
Lastly, the meeting offered the opportunity to make an overview of the main international issues, including the humanitarian response to the migration crisis, to which the Government of San Marino actively contributes.