On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Rome, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergej Lavrov.
The situation in Libya and Afghanistan, and the state of bilateral relations were the central topics of the meeting.
With reference to Libya, Minister Di Maio reaffirmed the Italian commitment to support the next phases of the political process and the full implementation of the ceasefire, starting with the withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries and fighters from the country. Furthermore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation mentioned the Conference on Libya, that Italy will co-chair on November 12 in Paris, as an important event for strengthening the support provided by the international community for the transition and stabilization of the North African country.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, while mentioning the results of the G20 Summit convened by Italy last October 12, Minister Di Maio reaffirmed the essential role of the United Nations in managing the crisis, also in the light of the important work that the UN agencies carry out in the country, particularly in the humanitarian field.
Finally, the two Ministers had a brief exchange of opinions on the main dossiers of the bilateral partnership, with particular attention paid to economic collaboration. Minister Di Maio expressed his appreciation for the recovery in the post-pandemic period of bilateral trade and Italian exports, which recorded a 13% growth in the first eight months of the year. This is a figure that confirms the intensity of commercial relations and which constitutes an excellent result in view of the plenary meeting of the Italian-Russian Council for the Economic, Industrial and Financial Cooperation that Minister Di Maio will chair at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on December 6, 2021.