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Conclusions of the Minister’s mission to the UAE

“It was a very intense and fruitful visit, that allowed us to confirm the excellent state of our bilateral relations, and enhance the quality of our political dialogue in a country and a region which is of key strategic importance.”During  our mission we were able to sign a contract for Italy to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai and lay the ground for close cooperation on many common projects in areas of mutual interest such as environmental sustainability, infrastructure and innovation. I am very pleased with the high level contacts that we have made together with our Expo 2020 Commissioner, Paolo Glisenti, to whom I express my sincerest wishes for success in his important work to set up the Italian Pavilion in Dubai. By participating in Dubai 2020, we can continue to uphold our Expo Milan legacy and present Italian companies with an extraordinary opportunity.”In our in-depth meetings with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, we were able to discuss a wide range of themes, including the stabilisation of the Sahel, the development of the African continent and the fight against extremism. From the bilateral point of view, our relations rest on a frank and constructive dialogue and a strong mutual trust. In this context, we also discussed opening an Italian school in Abu Dhabi, since our cultural commonalities are as strong as our political, and economic ones and contribute to completing relations between our two countries,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, following his mission in AbuDhabi. During his visit he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his counterpart
Abdallah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and representatives of Italian companies. The  minister also attended the signing of a contract for Italy’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai.

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