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Note by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Meeting of Minister Di Maio with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken

Today, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, met with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

This second meeting in less than a month between the two Ministers testifies to the solidity of the bilateral relations and close coordination between Italy and the United States on major international issues, from the response to the pandemic to the fight against climate change, also in view of the Glasgow Summit of the COP26, of which Italy is a co-partner.

The Ministers also discussed the issues of Libya, Tunisia, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, a dossier on which Minister Di Maio and Secretary Blinken continue to maintain close and constant collaboration. The US Secretary of State expressed gratitude for the Italian support to the evacuation operations in Afghanistan.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Di Maio renewed his appreciation to Secretary Blinken for the removal of restrictions on arrivals in the United States for vaccinated Italian and European travellers, a further signal of a return to normality that will allow to revamp flows and exchanges between the two shores of the Atlantic.