Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Manlio Di Stefano represented Italy at the EU-League of Arab States Ministerial Meeting. Today’s meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the main regional issues, ahead of the first EU-LAS Summit which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on 24-25 February next.
Ministers focused on constructing a positive agenda for the region based on enhancing cooperation in the economic and energy fields, fostering sustainable development and political dialogue to overcome crises, countering international terrorism and managing migration.
Undersecretary Di Stefano confirmed that stabilisation in the region was central for Italy and that should be achieved through political processes and an inclusive approach to involve all the players concerned, as well as by promoting concrete opportunities for economic growth and social development. They are essential conditions to face up to the migration issue together and influence positively the ongoing crises.