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Telephone interview of Minister Di Maio with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Minister Di Maio had today a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on the main current issues for the attention of the Atlantic Alliance.

Regarding the Eastern Mediterranean, the owner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the need to maintain internal cohesion within the Alliance, facilitating dialogue between the coastal states to promote a de-escalation of tensions in the area. Minister Di Maio also stressed the importance of the full effectiveness of the NATO Sea Guardian mission in the Mediterranean, hoping for forms of collaboration with the EUNAVFOR MED Irini mission.

With regard to the NATO stabilization mission “Resolute Support” in Afghanistan, to which Italy contributes through training activities of the Afghan defence and security forces and health support, Minister Di Maio expressed Italian support for a constructive and inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue, aimed at a national reconciliation that will finally ensure peace and stability to the country.