The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, is on a mission to Japan, where he will participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting scheduled in Tokyo for 7-8 November.
The event is the concluding one of the meetings on foreign affairs organised by the Japanese Presidency and the moment when the Italian Deputy Prime Minister will take over from the said G7 Presidency. On the occasion, Minister Tajani will in fact explain to his colleagues the goals and priorities of the Italian 2024 Presidency.
As Minister Tajani said, “the government’s goal is to reaffirm the G7 centrality in addressing the most important challenges of our time, as well as defending the values and principles of the international order based on clear rules”. He added that “the situation in the Middle East will be at the centre of the Italian Presidency, also in view of contributing to the construction of the ‘post-conflict phase’ in Gaza”. The Deputy Prime Minister concluded: “At the same time, we will continue our efforts to provide Ukraine with all the support it needs, and we will pay great attention to Africa, also in terms of the link existing between development and emigration”.
On the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Tajani will hold bilateral meetings with colleagues from the G7 countries and meet with representatives of Italian companies who are in Tokyo these days to attend the 33rd General Assembly of the Italy-Japan Business Group (IJBG). This is an association created by the Italian and Japanese business communities to promote greater industrial cooperation between the two countries and foster a permanent dialogue between the two business communities. The two governments intend to expand and strengthen this dialogue to create new industrial opportunities – in line with the level of “strategic partnership” achieved by bilateral relations – especially in high-tech sectors.