Italy and the United Arab Emirates share “convergent views and common concerns regarding the principal international crises”. Minister Paolo Gentiloni thus summarised the results of his meeting with colleague Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi over the weekend, underscoring that this had been his first visit outside of Europe.
Common commitment to Libyan stability
Gentiloni reported that the meeting had “confirmed our common awareness of the risks of a Libya divided or at war, and both countries’ common interest in Tripoli’s greater stabilisation through more robust support for mediation efforts”. The minister recalled that European, American and UN efforts to stem extremists and prevent terrorism ran parallel with those of allied Arab countries of which the Emirates are one of the principal driving forces. The two ministers also discussed Syria and the common fight against ISIS, in addition to the need to jumpstart peace talks between Israel and the PNA.
The meeting, devoted to bilateral relations and regional policies, took place one month on from UAE Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan visit to Italy. It confirmed a bolstering of political-strategic relations between Rome and Abu Dhabi and “gave impetus”, he added, “to many open UAE-Italy bilateral collaboration projects”. He recalled, among those, the establishment of an Italian international school in the UAE that could also include a conservatory, the already consolidated collaboration between the 2015 Milan EXPO and 2020 Dubai EXPO, and an understanding on matters of extradition.