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Conference on anti-Semitism. Alfano meets his Israeli counterpart: “Italy plays a leading role in combatting all forms of discrimination and intolerance”

On the sidelines of the “Conference on the Responsibility of Countries, Public Institutions and Individuals in combatting anti-Semitism in the OSCE area” today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, met his Israeli counterpart, Tzachi Hanegbi, at the Farnesina.

“Italy plays a leading role in combatting all forms of discrimination and intolerance. Since our country is chair of both the OSCE and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance this year, we have a perfect opportunity to relaunch the theme of combatting anti-Semitism, as this Conference today demonstrates,” said Minister Alfano to his counterpart.

He then said that the Italian Government is carefully considering the adoption at national level of a definition of anti-Semitism. “I proposed that the Council of Ministers should incorporate the definition of anti-Semitism adopted at the IHRA Plenary meetings in Bucharest in 2016, so that the next Parliament can transpose it into internal law,” added the Minister.

Finally, with regard to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Alfano said that “Italy and the EU are willing to help defend the two-state solution and reopen political dialogue on the peace process”.