Italian FM in Abu Dhabi, joint engagement for Libya

FM meets minister Al Nahyan, also on ISIS, bilateral relations

01 December, 13:21

    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Abu Dhabi Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Abu Dhabi

    (ANSAmed) - DUBAI - A meeting on Sunday between Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and his UAE counterpart ''has confirmed common awareness on the risks that a Libya that is divided or at war would represent, and the common interest of both countries in an increased stabilization of Tripoli through a more robust support of mediation attempts'', Gentiloni told ANSA, talking about talks in Abu Dhabi with sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    The Italian foreign minister recalled that European, American and UN efforts to stem extremists and counter terror incidents run parallel with those of allied Arab countries, of which the Emirates are one of the main driving forces. The two ministers also discussed Syria and the common engagement in the fight against ISIS, as well as the need to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    The meeting, dedicated to bilateral relations as well as regional policies, comes a month after the trip to Italy of Emirati crown price, Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan. The same issues were discussed, including the objective of a more stable North Africa, Egypt included.

    Talks on Sunday confirmed the strengthening of political-strategic relations between Rome and Abu Dhabi and ''give impulse to the many bilateral cooperation dossiers between the UAE and Italy'', said Gentiloni.

    Among them, Italy's diplomacy chief recalled, is the institution of an Italian international school in the UAE, which could include a conservatory; the already solid cooperation between Milan Expo 2015 and Dubai Expo 2020; an agreement on extradition. There are, between Italy and the UAE, ''converging positions and common concerns on the main international crises'', Gentiloni said in a foreign ministry tweet. And he stressed how he wanted to take his first trip outside Europe to Abu Dhabi ''because the Emirates are an important partner on all levels''.(ANSAmed).

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