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Alfano: at G7 in Taormina a special session on Africa with African Union, heads of state


ROME, APRIL 27 – Africa will be on the agenda of the G7 meeting in Taormina thanks to a special session organized by the Italian presidency with the participation of the African Union and of heads of states and other leaders of the continent, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano announced today in Rome.

Sustainable development, innovation, infrastructures, the migration crisis: all these “transversal themes” at the core of international cooperation will be discussed in the meeting, Alfano introducing the conference “Sixty years and beyond: contributing to development cooperation” at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Cooperation is the most noble component of foreign policy, as it is sustained by a desire to open oneself and to understand other peoples and cultures”, the Italian Minister said: “As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, we want to dedicate a moment of reflection to development cooperation. In providing assistance to growth and development, the EU beams the ‘Union proud of its values’ that European leaders evoked in the Declaration signed here in Rome last 25 of March.” Alfano then recalled that: “Development cooperation represents the external dimension of solidarity of the Union, which is the world’s top development aid donor. The European project cannot express itself fully unless it reaches out beyond its borders.”

The conference was moderated by the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Development Cooperation, Pietro Sebastiani. Several prominent personalities attended, including the EU Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation, Neven Mimica, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Côte d’Ivoire, Marcel Amon Tanoh, the French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, Jean-Marie Le Guen, the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, and Emma Bonino.

The conference closed with remarks by the Director General for Development Cooperation of the EU Stefano Manservisi and by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro, and with the screening of a video message from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. (@OnuItalia)