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Meeting of Undersecretary Silli with a delegation from the United States Congress, led by the Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Rep. Steve Cohen

On the instructions of the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, Undersecretary Giorgio Silli received a US Congressional delegation at the Farnesina today, which was led by the Co-Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, Steve Cohen.

One year after the outbreak of the conflict, the Ukrainian dossier was at the centre of the talks. In recalling its unwavering commitment in the framework of transatlantic relations and the main international fora, Italy reiterated its strong and unwavering support for Kyiv, as corroborated from a military standpoint by the six aid packages granted so far, amounting to EUR 1.3 billion. In the face of Russia’s brutal and unjustifiable aggression, the parties jointly agreed that having Western countries speak with one voice is essential to make Moscow feel the weight of its isolation on the European continent. The Undersecretary then emphasised the importance of Moscow not shirking its responsibilities; indeed, the Italian side expressed its full support for “accountability” mechanisms, which will be put in place according to a principle of the broadest possible support from the international community.

The occasion was propitious for the Undersecretary to share with the authoritative interlocutors the UN Security Council reform project promoted by the “Uniting for Consensus” group, which is led by Italy. The aim of this reform is to make the Security Council more democratic, responsible, representative, transparent and effective.

Finally, in the framework of an exchange of views on the anti-Semitism that still affects our societies today, Co-Chairman Steve Cohen praised the recent appointment of Prefect Pecoraro as National Coordinator for the fight against anti-Semitism.