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Alfano: “Strong support of the Government to Italian industry in the world”

“I am here, in Adelaide, to express the Italian Government’s strong support for Fincantieri’s offer of nine anti-submarine frigates for the Australian Navy,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation during his visit to Australia, underscoring the Country’s institutional support to Italy’s industry in the world.

“In the present geopolitical scenario, which is ever-changing as never before, we are committed to building new ties between Italy and Australia, also thanks to a mutually advantageous technological and industrial partnership: it will enable our Country to have an active role in the future of Australian shipyards.”

“During my visit, I had a very fruitful exchange with different Government officials and I am ready to support the intention expressed by Canberra’s authorities to build all the frigates in Southern Australia. I intend to continue this dialogue in the coming months.”

Within the framework of the fruitful cooperation between Rome and Canberra in the defence sector, Italy has great interest for the “Sea 5000” Programme for the purchase of nine anti-submarine frigates for which Fincantieri passed the pre-selection in April 2016.