The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, will travel to Abu Dhabi tomorrow, 18 June 2023, where he will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The mission, which is part of a progressive strengthening of bilateral relations strongly desired by the Italian government, aims to reaffirm the excellent level of political dialogue and economic cooperation between Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
Minister Tajani said: “We are extremely satisfied with our strategic partnership. We have begun a new phase in bilateral relations, which today are stronger than ever.”
The two Ministers will also discuss business opportunities, particularly in areas such as green economy and digital transition, in line with the UAE’s role as host country for the upcoming COP28.
The talks will also focus on migration in the Mediterranean, an issue particularly felt in both countries. Both Italy and the United Arab Emirates support a comprehensive approach to the migration phenomenon, in the knowledge that combating irregular flows and human trafficking requires a shared effort by all the countries concerned.
An overall and all-inclusive approach, aimed at the economic and social development of the enlarged Mediterranean and Africa.
Foreign Ministers Tajani and Al Nahyan will finally discuss the main regional dossiers, starting with Libya and Tunisia, countries that are going through particularly complex phases, and in which both Italy and the United Arab Emirates intend to play a leading role in identifying sustainable solutions that will ensure their stability and security.
The Deputy Prime Minister stated: “We hope that the UAE can exert its influence to resolve the critical issues in these countries. Italy and the UAE can play a leading role in facilitating stabilisation and avoiding negative spirals with unpredictable consequences, also in terms of further migratory pressure.”