Italy marks anniversary with pledge to bolster relations

Italy marks anniversary with pledge to bolster relations
FERVOR: Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari, Consul General Elisabetta Martini and other guests at the event in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 04 June 2016

Italy marks anniversary with pledge to bolster relations

Italy marks anniversary with pledge to bolster relations

JEDDAH: The Consulate General of Italy celebrated the country’s 70th anniversary with a fresh pledge to enhance relations with the Kingdom and contribute to the Vision 2030 plan.
The event was attended by Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari, elite Saudi businessmen, diplomats and community members here on Thursday.
Welcoming the guests, Elisabetta Martini, the Italian Consul General in Jeddah, said that while the history of Italy’s anniversary is relatively short in comparison to the millennial history of Italia, the occasion is still a meaningful symbol of the development of Italy’s democratic and social values.
“Thanks to these values, Italy has managed to shake off the recent economic crisis in Europe, and is again on the path of economic prosperity, with a young and strong leadership that demonstrates creativity at every turn,” she said.
She further said that this year also marks a very special time for Saudi-Italian friendship after the visit of the Italian Prime Minister to the Kingdom last October, as well as the visit of the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, to Jeddah.
“Paolo Gentiloni met with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir,” she added.
Luca Ferrari, the country’s envoy, said the visit of the Italian Foreign Minister to the Kingdom was the first one in the long list of political visits from Italy to the Kingdom in the coming months.
He said the relationship between Italy and the Kingdom officially started 84 years ago in 1932 in Jeddah, when the diplomatic ties between the two countries were first established.
“By standing together, we can all contribute to the realization of the Saudi transformation plan and Vision 2030,” he added.