On 5 May, Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Giorgio Silli, co-chaired with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Lydia Maria Peralta Cordero, at the Farnesina, the second Session of the Political Dialogue Mechanism. “Today’s meeting was an important opportunity to strengthen and expand Italy’s already excellent relations with Costa Rica, a country with deep democratic roots and a welcoming destination for our investments in numerous sectors, starting with the green economy”, said Undersecretary Silli.
Undersecretary Silli also promoted Rome’s candidacy for EXPO 2030.
In line with the purposes of this important regular consultation exercise, inaugurated in 2022, the meeting reviewed the main bilateral dossiers (economic and trade cooperation, the status of the Agreements currently under negotiation, the increase in tourist flows, cultural initiatives), the most relevant regional issues – including the progress of Central American integration and the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela – as well as a number of important multilateral topics, first and foremost the reform of the UN Security Council, given Italy’s and Costa Rica’s shared commitment within the Uniting for Consensus group.
Undersecretary Silli, after having examined with Deputy Minister Peralta Italy’s “legal diplomacy” initiatives in the fight against organised crime and corruption, a global effort to which the two countries actively contribute, underlined how both countries believe that irregular migratory flows need to be better managed, searching for structural and lasting solutions, with interventions aimed at preventing departures.
In concluding the meeting, Undersecretary Silli hoped for a high-level participation of Costa Rica in the 11th edition of the Italy-Latin America and Caribbean Conference, scheduled for next October in Rome.