The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, will be traveling on a mission to Washington, D.C. on 3 – 4 January 2019. Several meetings are scheduled, namely: at the State Department with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; at the White House, with National Security Advisor John Bolton; and in Congress, with several high-ranking members.
During the talks, Minister Moavero will discuss the many areas regarding the extensive bilateral relations between the two countries. The main international issues shared by the US and Italy will certainly be at the center of discussion, such as: global security; the situation in the Mediterranean; efforts to stabilize Libya; the Middle East peace process; Africa’s economic and social growth; trans-Atlantic political, economic and trade relations.
In view of the long-standing strategic relationship between the United States and Italy, the scheduled meetings will also allow for a mutual update and valuable exchange of opinions on opportunities and challenges concerning international cooperation and the entities that make up its traditional architecture. In this context, the work of the UN and the OSCE will be discussed; as well as relations within NATO and between the US and the European Union; and the purpose shared by the US and Italy to preserve the full effectiveness of the well-tested system of rules of international law, with special attention paid to bringing about a positive resolution of current conflicts and compliance with agreements aimed at ensuring nuclear and bio-chemical non-proliferation.
Italy is determined to further intensify its relationship with the United States, which are founded on a long tradition of strong and loyal friendship, that have always been supported by the cultural, entrepreneurial and political dynamism of the large Italian-American community that has been an active part of American life for almost two centuries.