The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marina Sereni, co-chaired with Deputy Foreign Minister Adriana Bolaños Argueda, the first session of the Italy-Costa Rica Political Dialogue Mechanism in San José today.
The session – which was preceded yesterday by a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Sereni and Deputy Foreign Minister Christian Guillermet-Fernandez – took place in an atmosphere of great cordiality, thus confirming the excellent relationship between Rome and San José.
The session addressed the numerous bilateral, regional and global issues on the meeting’s agenda. A special focus was placed on economic and business cooperation and on the possibility of enhancing it, also with a view to favouring a sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic recovery.
Both Countries jointly expressed the wish to promptly complete the ratification process of the EU-Central America Association Agreement which, once it comes into force, will unfold further dialogue and cooperation opportunities between European and Central American Countries.
Deputy Foreign Ministers Sereni and Bolaños Argueda also focused special attention on the issues relative to cooperation in the Central American and Caribbean region, and the challenges raised by the battle against climate change and the relative need of financial resources to fund the necessary actions. The two ministers also recorded great convergence on the need to join international efforts to provide effective and lasting solutions in line with the commitments undertaken last year at the G20 Summit, at COP26 and at the 10th Italy-America Latina and Caribbean Conference.