Washington DC, 4 January 2024 (TDI): A telephonic conversation between US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani occurred on January 3. The talk was encircled around Gaza, Ukraine, Haiti, and the G7 Presidency of Italy.
US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller issued a written statement that said, “The discussion addresses the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, preventing the conflict’s escalation and upholding maritime security.” Furthermore, he said, “They discussed key commitments to Ukraine and Haiti. We look forward to Italy’s G7 presidency.”
The Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani released a written statement that said, “Excellent relations of US and Italy are at the heart of the Government’s foreign policy.” Moreover, he said, “Full agreements took place on priorities for our G7: Ukraine, M.O, Mediterranean, Africa, and Artificial Intelligence.”
The US Ambassador to Italy Jack Markell, offered his best wishes on the G7 presidency and said, “We look forward to continuing to work side by side on global challenges and upholding shared values of democracy throughout the world.”
The Embassy of the United States of America to Italy also took to its platform and said that the conversation stressed on joint commitment to address global challenges as Italy takes over the G7 presidency in 2024.
According to the US Embassy and Consulates in Italy, in 2022, Italy committed to sustaining strong support for Ukraine. They discussed the shared concerns over China and bolstering security in the Mediterranean Sea.
President Giorgia Meloni will outline Italy’s G7 presidency priorities.
Reportedly, the G7 presidency of Italy this year faces a unique backdrop since neighboring countries of the UK, the US, and the European Parliament face imminent elections.
Lastly, this could reshape the political landscape across the G7 in 2024.