ROME, MAY 25 – Italy has approved a new half a million Euro contribution to the UN stabilization mission in Mali. The money will be used by MINUSMA to contrast trans-border threats in the North and Central areas of the country, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, announced today at an event in Rome to mark Africa Day 2017.
“Relations between Italy and Africa are a priority of our foreign politics”, Alfano said at the conferenze that celebrates the 54th anniversary of the African Union. “It is a celebration of great symbolic value, which takes place shortly before the Taormina G7 summit, which is dedicated to Africa and which gives me the chance to stress that the key point of Italy’s foreign policy action must be, today more than ever before, to look to the Mediterranean and Africa”, Alfano said adding that development of Mediterranean and of Africa means peace, security and prosperity for our people”.
Several ambassadors of African countries accredited in Italy and the President of the Senate Foreign Affairs Commission, Pier Ferdinando Casini, attended the meeting along with representatives of institutions, universities, research institutes, business associations, international organisations and NGOs.
The General Manager for Globalisation and Global Matters of the Farnesina, Massimo Gaiani, opened the event and read a greeting message from the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. Among the attendees, the acting President of the African Union, S.E. Mohamed Chérif Diallo, the ambassador of the Republic of Guinea and the ambassador of the Republic of the Congo, S.E. Mamadou Kamara Dekamo, representing the African diplomatic body at the Italian Republic, took the podium.(@OnuItalia)