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(Dire) Moavero opens the Italy-Africa conference: "We are on the same side"

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 26 October 2018

Moavero opens the Italy-Africa conference: "We are on the same side"

ROME - "Italy wants to be at the side of Africa" ​​and it does so by focusing on culture, "fundamental for knowledge among peoples and capable of speaking to people's hearts": this is the Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, opening Maxxi of Rome the Second Italy-Africa conference. According to Moavero, the Museum of Contemporary Art was chosen as the symbolic place of the inauguration. "We are all on the same side, Europeans and Africans" said the minister. "Compared to the past today, the path can be different: we embark on paths of peace, cohabitation, respect and mutual enrichment". The first conference was held in May 2016. Today, faced with the leaders and delegates of dozens of sub-Saharan countries, Moavero added: "Italy wants to be at the side of Africa and hopes that you representatives of African nations can welcome it as escort of your future destiny ".


Supporting the growth of Africa, preventing at the same time the emergence of inequalities, "stopping the progress of every society": this is the line drawn today by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella regarding Italy's commitment to and with Africa . "No geographical area is affected by such profound changes as those under way in Africa" ​​the premise of the head of state. "The continent has the highest rate of population growth and the highest percentage of young people," said Mattarella. "Its population could double, by 2050, and reach 2.5 billion individuals, representing a quarter of all humanity on the planet." According to the president, "these figures in addition to having an immediate impact demand the need for the benefits of a high and lasting growth, such as to support the development and strengthening of social networks that, while consolidating, prevent the emergence of inequalities, a real obstacle to the harmonious progress of every society ". Mattarella delivered his speech at the Farnesina on the occasion of the Second Italy-Africa conference.


"Ethiopia and Eritrea embarked on this incredible journey of peace without the help of others, have shown that Africans can contribute alone to peace in Africa". This was underlined today by Ethiopia's Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, at the Foreign Ministry for the Italy-Africa conference. The minister also cited the will to contribute to stability in Somalia and thanked the Italian Foreign Minister for his attention to the situation in the Horn of Africa.


"Eritrea and Ethiopia have made themselves, have made their peoples a wonderful surprise, a gift of peace and friendship to Africa and the world". So today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, who in his speech illustrated some aspects of the new "partnership" between the two countries, arrived this year after two decades of conflict. 

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