Italy intends to keep strengthening ties with African nations and backs the African Union’s membership of the Group of Twenty intergovernmental forum, foreign minister Antonio Tajani stated on Tuesday.
“I confirm our commitment to an ever-stronger relationships with each African country, because we support the AU’s membership of the G20,” said Tajani.
Tajani was addressing African envoys to Italy at an event at the foreign ministry in Rome which laid the groundwork for an Italy-Africa Conference set to be held in Rome this autumn, according to a foreign ministry statement.
“The world has changed and the African continent needs a stronger presence,” Tajani said.
Premier Giorgia Meloni vowed last week she would underline at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels Italy’s support for the AU’s membership of the G20. The move would “add an authoritative voice in the discussion on global challenges,” Meloni told lawmakers.