The Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Riccardo Merlo, met Guatemala's Deputy Foreign Minister, Jairo David Estrada Barrios, at the Farnesia today.
Undersecretary Merlo said that Italy is looking with much interest at the Central American Region which it believes has great potential for economic development. He reconfirmed that Italy fully supports Italian enterprises that intend to enter public-private partnerships with Guatemalan authorities to build strategic infrastructure in the country.
The situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela was also discussed. Undersecretary Merlo said: "The Italian government follows with great concern the political and humanitarian situation in Venezuela where a large Italian community lives."