The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, today held a telephone conversation with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
The Foreign Minister confirmed Italy's willingness to maintain constant and structured bilateral dialogue with Saudi Arabia and the interest in further intensifying the economic partnership between the two countries.
Minister Di Maio confirmed to his interlocutor the attention with which Italy is following the recent developments in Tunisia. In particular, he reiterated the need to ensure respect for the Constitution and the rule of law and emphasised Italy's ongoing support for the country's economic and political stability.
Regarding regional dynamics, Minister Di Maio reiterated the importance that Italy attaches to the safety of shipping in the Persian Gulf and more generally to the stability of the region. He called for a constructive commitment on the part of all regional players to dialogue and cooperation, so that there would be no incidents that could aggravate tensions and undermine the stability of the regional framework.