The Italian Cabinet has approved the proposal put forward by Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to open three new Embassies: in Niger (Niamey), in Guinea (Conakry) and in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo).
More specifically, the opening of an Embassy in Niamey gives Italy an important operating advantage in the light of the current dynamics in the Sahel region, which could have repercussions on the security of Italy and Europe, and of Niger’s role in stabilising the region.
The reopening of the Embassy in Conakry (closed in 1998) follows Guinea’s revived dynamism within the region and the enormous potential of furthering bilateral cooperation, especially in business relations and in managing migration flows from West Africa.
The reopening of the Embassy in Santo Domingo (closed on 31 Dec. 2014) confirms the existence of sound bilateral political, economic and cultural ties, in the perspective to further strengthening them in the future. The Embassy will also be responsible for the interests held by Italy in several Caribbean Countries, which are currently promoted by the Embassy in Caracas.