"On behalf of myself and of the Italian government, I wish to express to you my sincerest congratulations for the formation of the new Lebanese Government and I wish you every success in carrying out your important role." This is the message that Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, addressed to his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, following the formation of the Cabinet led by H.E. Saad Hariri.
"This important result further proves the renewed spirit of concord that, after the elections of President Aoun on 31 October, unites all the Lebanese people," added Minister Alfano, pointing out that he confides "that in this atmosphere of unity and cooperation, Lebanese political forces will be able to contribute to the strengthening of the Lebanese State and its democratic institutions, and to face up to the threats against the country's stability." "Remembering the long-standing ties of friendship between our two people, I am certain that our two Governments will be able to develop a fruitful and far-reaching cooperation in view of contributing to the stability and socio-economic well-being of the country,"concluded the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Lastly, Alfano confirmed that Italy continues to stand by the people and institutions of Lebanon, reminding his interlocutor of Italy's engagement in UNIFIL and the many bilateral relations that exist in the economic, social, energy, cultural, security and defense sectors.