Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, has had a meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha González Laya, on the sidelines of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum in Barcelona.
Minister di Maio has reaffirmed Italy's determination to continue strengthening bilateral relations in every aspect and deepening Italian-Spanish coordination on the European and international agenda's central issues.
Minister Di Maio has stressed the complementarities between the economies of the two countries and the fruitful cooperation in strategic sectors such as energy and infrastructure. Furthermore, he has recalled the critical growth opportunities that may arise from the respective national recovery and resilience plans.
With specific reference to the migration issue, Minister Di Maio has welcomed the convergence of views between Italy and Spain in the negotiations on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. He has stressed the importance of achieving permanent and effective forms of solidarity based on relocations.
The agenda has also focused on the situation in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Minister Di Maio has called for a strengthening of the ceasefire and the start of the reconstruction process in Gaza. Furthermore, Di Maio has emphasised the vital contribution of the joint Italian-Spanish initiative to the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) to raise the European profile on the issue and encourage a resumption of negotiations in view of a two-state solution.
With regard to Libya, Minister Di Maio has confirmed Italy's ongoing commitment to promoting the stabilisation process and the institutional transition under UN auspices. He has underlined the importance of the elections scheduled for 24 December and the concrete implementation of the ceasefire agreement, with specific reference to the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries.
Minister Di Maio has finally made his counterpart aware of the attention with which the Italian authorities follow the developments in the Niccolò Ciatti case and of the Italian Government's expectations that justice would be swiftly ensured, almost four years after his murder. Minister Di Maio has also called for a prompt commencement of legal proceedings concerning the Freginals accident where seven Italian students lost their lives.