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The 3rd edition of Rome Med – Mediterranean dialogues kicks off A three-day meeting to build a positive agenda

The 3rd edition of Rome Med, the 3-day event for a positive agenda kicks off today  

Stabilising crises and working to build a positive agenda for the Mediterranean is at the heart of Rome Med-Mediterranean Dialogues which, for three days (30 November-2 December), will witness 45 heads of State, ministers and leaders of international organisations explore the region’s new balances and strategic centrality. The conference, now at its third edition, is organised by the Foreign Ministry and ISPI and was preceded by twenty thematic forums that delved into the four pillars of the conference: prosperity, security, migration and civil society and culture.

The conference is attended by the representatives of 56 Countries and of 80 international think tanks who will explore the scenarios following the taking back of Raqqa and Mosul, common security strategies, fighting terrorism, new strategies to manage migration flows, energy and international trade in the area.

A special focus will be dedicated to some of the region’s key Countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Egypt, Iraq and Libya and to the perspectives of big powers such as Russia, United States, China and India.

At the event, the Foreign Ministry and ISPI will present two reports analysing the geopolitics of the Mediterranean and illustrating, through figures, both the problems and the opportunities of the region surrounding this Sea, which bridges Europe, Africa and Asia. The first day of the meeting will be attended by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella and the opening greetings by ISPI President Giampiero Massolo will be followed by keynote speeches by Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, and the Italian Defence Minister, Roberta Pinotti. In the following days, the conference agenda will include contributions by numerous major players on the international scene:  the foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, and India, the Deputy Prime Minister of Libya, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, and the UN Special Representative for Libya. The conference will close with remarks by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.