Today, at Palazzo della Consulta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, accompanied by the Secretary-General, Elisabetta Belloni, and the President of the Constitutional Court, Paolo Grossi, commemorated the fallen victims of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Colonies in World War I.
Both the Farnesina and the Constitutional Court wished to remember the employees of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Colonies who sacrificed their lives for their country during the war.
“At almost a century since the end of the conflict, this ceremony serves a dual purpose” said Minister Alfano. “While we honour the public servants who lost their lives in that dramatic period, we would also like to recall a period that helped shape the identity of the country. One of the foundations of Italy’s foreign policy is the promotion of international peace and security. The actions we take as current President of the UN Security Council are based on that very principle”.
Minister Alfano and President Grossi paid tribute to the fallen victims by observing a minute of silence before entering the Palazzo della Consulta, where two tombstones lie in memory of the victims. Palazzo della Consulta was the seat of both the Colonies department and Foreign Ministry in the past.