2017 (EN)

On Monday, October 23rd, at Palazzo dei Normanni, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, participated in the presentation of "Italy, Culture, Mediterranean", a cultural programme that MAECI, through its network abroad, will carry out in 2018 in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area.
Ideally linked with the meetings "MED Dialogues" in Rome,"Italy, Culture, Mediterranean" is a program of integrated promotion based on dialogue, sharing, cultural diversity as a value, which aims to combine tradition, innovation and creativity.
The priority objective of our country is to strengthen the close relations that already exist between Italy and the Southern Mediterranean countries,"said Foreign Minister Alfano.
Cultural cooperation is the main driving force for promoting dialogue and building a shared project of growth and development "continued the head of Italian diplomacy. Sicily can be the laboratory where thanks to tolerance and coexistence between different cultures - Alfano concluded - we can discuss a new future for the two shores of the Mediterranean ".
The meeting was held on the eve of the Mediterranean Conference of the OSCE under Italian Presidency and saw, at the beginning, the speeches by the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Angelino Alfano and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Tunisian Republic, Khemaies Jhinaoui.
Representatives of the partner countries, local institutions, the Italian media and intellectuals and artists, as well as the various testimonials active on the themes of cooperation and dialogue in the Mediterranean, were also present.
Vincenzo De Luca, General Director for the Promotion of the MAECI Country System, moderated the event.