The first of two meetings of G7 Foreign Ministers that will be hosted in Italy in 2024 was held in Capri. As stated by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, the aim is to strengthen the G7's role as the main forum for consultation among the major liberal democracies and as a factor for stability in the face of the major crises taking place at the global level.
The agenda therefore focused on the main issues at the centre of the international debate, starting with the situation in the Middle East. Among the topics discussed were the serious humanitarian crisis and the resumption of a meaningful and incisive political process for the "two peoples, two states" solution.
The worrying situation in the Red Sea also found a place on the G7 Foreign Ministers' agenda, with particular reference to the safety of shipping and the repercussions on trade routes, particularly to the Mediterranean.
The Italian Presidency also sought to renew cooperation with Africa in a spirit of mutual respect.
Although Israel's response to Iran disrupted the proceedings, major global issues also found their way into the debate. These included food security, energy security, the fight against climate change, cyber security and Artificial Intelligence, which opens up enormous opportunities but presents significant risks for humanity.
Secretary-General Michele Capasso, on his return from Gaza, was in Capri on 18 and 19 April, emphasising the role played since 1987 by the "United States of the World" in achieving "two Peoples in two States" with the historic visits of Arafat, Abu Mazen and Shimon Peres to Naples.