JERUSALEM—Italy sees great importance to its relations with Israel, said Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, who is on a visit in Jerusalem. He added that he would be happy to see the relations between the two countries even deeper.
“It is a great joy for me to be here with you today,” the minister said. ‘’To come to Jerusalem from Rome is to bridge between two of the oldest cities and civilizations in the world. Next week, we will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Italy. Over seven decades we have built deep and broad relations that touch the hearts of both our peoples,” he said.
President Rivlin noted the good relations between the two countries and the growing cooperation. “I returned recently from a visit to the Vatican and Rome where I met the Pope, the President and the Prime Minister. Our discussions were excellent and a sign of the close relations between our two countries. We work together in a range of fields including trade, science, culture, sports and defense.”
The discussions between the president and the foreign minister included regional threats such as the Hezbollah attack tunnels that were discovered recently and Iranian attempts to undermine regional stability.
Earlier, the Italian minister also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.