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PR210196

29/01/2021

PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER: Mr Speaker receives new Italian Ambassador

​Speaker Anġlu Farrugia received a courtesy visit from Dr Fabrizio Romano, the new Ambassador of the Italian Republic.


After welcoming Ambassador Romano, Speaker Farrugia highlighted the very strong, long-standing and historical bilateral relations that exist between the two neighbouring countries. 

Speaker Farrugia recalled the extensive number of high-level visits and the numerous agreements which reflect these exceptional relations.

He noted that, at a parliamentary level, the bilateral relations were also very good and referred to his participation in the the Parliamentary event held in Rome in March 2017 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty.

The two dignitaries referred to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Italy very severely, with almost two and half million cases, resulting in  over 86 thousand fatalities.

They discussed issues of mutual interest, including the present political situation in Italy, the influx of migrants, as well as the thousands of Italians working in Malta.

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, both parties agreed to organise a number of video conferences with interested parties. A proposal was also put forward to organise a video conference with a newly appointed Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Ambassador Romano was accompanied by Dr Andrea Marino, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Malta.