Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, has expressed his country’s full support for the United Arab Emirates’ presidency of the Conference of Parties “COP28”. The Minister stated that this support would include sharing expertise across various sectors between the two countries to ensure the event’s success.
In a statement to the UAE’s official news agency, WAM, Tajani highlighted the deep friendship between Italy and the UAE, and emphasized the importance of practically addressing climate change issues. He noted that his return to Abu Dhabi, just three months after his previous visit as part of the delegation accompanying Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, served to affirm the profound friendship between the two nations and express his country’s eagerness to strengthen bilateral relations with the UAE in various sectors.
Tajani mentioned that his meeting with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was very positive, as they discussed strategic partnerships between the two nations and exchanged views on several regional and international issues of mutual interest. They also reviewed the regional situation.
The Italian Foreign Minister shed light on the international conference on stability and migration that Italy intends to organize in Rome during the summer. Invitations have been extended to several countries from Africa, the Arab nations, and multilateral institutions to attend the conference aimed at finding suitable solutions to the migration issue.
Tajani also pointed to the promising opportunities between the business communities in both Italy and the UAE, particularly those related to green economy and digital transformation, in line with the UAE’s role as host country for the COP28.
Commenting on the significant cultural projects in the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular, the Italian minister expressed his country’s aspiration for future cooperation between the two sides, considering the UAE’s extensive experience in organizing high-profile cultural events.