"We are very pleased to see that our bilateral relations have grown stronger in these past few months," Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola said, when concluding his talks with his Argentinian counterpart, Rodolfo Gustavo Zlauvinen. "The complementarity of our economic and educational systems is the starting point from which we can further enhance the quality of our relations," continued Amendola. He also stressed the importance of the recent relaunchin of the Italy-Argentina Joint Commission, identifying through the cooperation Italian and Argentinian enterprises have in science and technology, culture and education, defence, security and justice, the priority areas in which bilateral cooperation can further grow. The two government representatives discussed the main regional themes, hoping to see relations between the EU and Mercosur grow stronger, and expressing their commitment to explore new and closer forms of cooperation at a multilateral level. On the Argentinian side, in particular, a deep interest was voiced regarding the establishment of a bilateral strategic alliance with the European Union similar to the ones the EU already has with other countries in the area, such as Brazil, Mexico and Chile.
Undersecretary of State Amendola then met with representatives of the Italy-Argentina Parliamentary Friendship Group. It was an opportunity to underline the importance of interparliamentary dialogue as a means to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples. Far from being limited to the highest institutional levels, such a friendship is based on a profound bond which cuts across all political parties in the two countries and represents a real shared asset: "Interparliamentary relations," Mr Amendola pointed out, "are an indispensable tool to widen the scope of dialogue between the governments."
Mr Amendola left the Argentinian capital to travel to Rosario, where first he will be received by the Deputy Governor of the Province of Santa Fe, Carlos Fascendini. He will then go to the Italo-Argentinian Chamber of Commerce to meet the representatives of the Italian communities from the province and also representatives of the cultural and academic world. He will also meet with young people who have recently migrated to Argentina.
Tomorrow, the Undersecretary will be in Cordoba, where he will conclude his three-day visit to Argentina.