Government, mission to the United States for Tajani: a meeting with Blinken is on the agenda

Government, mission to the United States for Tajani: a meeting with Blinken is on the agenda

Journey to the United States by Antonio Tajani. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs will travel from tomorrow, June 11, until Wednesday, June 14, 2023, on an official mission to the United States. During the detailed mission to Washington – which aims to strengthen the excellent bilateral relations and coordination on major international issues also in view of the Italian presidency of the G7 in 2024 – the Deputy Prime Minister will meet first and foremost with the United States. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken. This will be an opportunity to reaffirm the strategic importance of the transatlantic link which for more than 70 years has been the guiding star of our country’s external action and to underline the strong appreciation of the Italian Government for the very close coordination within NATO, in the G7. and as Quint on all major international topics, from Ukraine to the Middle East, from Africa to China and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

In his meeting with Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Tajani will raise the issue of the financial crisis in Tunisia, stressing the need to reach final approval of the “Extended Fund Facility” for the benefit of the country as soon as possible. as possible. The Deputy Prime Minister will announce his close contacts in recent weeks with the Tunisian authorities and with key European and international partners, with the aim of defining a practical and gradual approach to reach a basic agreement to achieve economic stability in the country. The visit will also be an opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation on the economic and trade front, a central topic in talks with US Trade Representative Catherine Taye. The United States is Italy’s number one trading partner outside the European Union, and the third destination market for Italian exports. Trade exchange between the two countries is growing strongly: in 2022 it will reach 90 billion euros (+38% compared to 2021), with a volume of Italian exports equal to 65 billion (+32%) and a positive trade balance of 40 billion. The main items of Italian exports are machinery (17%), means of transport (16%), pharmaceuticals (11%), food products (10%), and textiles and clothing (9%).

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During the visit, Minister Tajani will also deliver congratulations to the Organization of American States, in the presence of Secretary General Luis Almagro and representatives of member states. Finally, he will travel to Congress for a series of important meetings with the leaders of the US Parliament. Among them are Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, the third in the American legal system, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul, and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Bob. Menendez.

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