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Italy and France sign the "Treaty of the Quirinale"

Cooperation on defense, security, space, foreign and migration policies

Italy and France signed today in Rome at 9:00am the "Treaty for Enhanced Bilateral Cooperation". This is a historic agreement between the two countries that provides for mutual consultation and effective collaboration in some strategic national sectors: defense, security, space, foreign and European policies, migration policy, economy, education and culture. 

The document was signed by the President of the Council Mario Draghi and the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, under the eye of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. Also present at the ceremony were the Foreign Ministers Luigi Di Maio and Jean-Yves Le Drian. Now, the document will be ratify by the Italian Parliament. 

In the areas of defense and security, the pact aims to "strengthen European defense and the Atlantic Alliance's deterrence and defense posture", assigning France and Italy to "act as mutually reinforcing strategic partners" to develop the "European pillar of NATO". The common dossiers are among the most sensitive: the fight against terrorism, maritime security in the Mediterranean, Africa and the Indo-Pacific, arms control, cooperation on energy, hybrid threats and disinformation. 

The treaty consists of 11 chapters. That will form the points of a common agenda on major issues, with shared priorities, including digital transition, environmental and economic issues. 

Undersecretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Vincenzo Amendola, explained that it is "a permanent consultation mechanism that provides for annual summits of the two governments, strategic, permanent and equal consultations between the Foreign Ministers, on all topics". For example, taking a common position on certain points in the European Union, at the United Nations and at the World Bank.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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