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Italian Farnesina: Alfano at the G7 in Toronto. Several issues on agenda

Nuclear and North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Russia are only a few

The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, attends the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting (Ministerial Meeting on Foreign Affairs) in Toronto on Sunday, 22 and Monday, 23 of April. The current major international issues on the agenda include: Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, North Korea, Myanmar, and Venezuela. Several sessions are scheduled on reforming the UN, maritime security, issues of cybersecurity, combating terrorism and violent extremism. An “outreach” session, attended by women foreign ministers of the G7 Countries, is dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a special focus on Women, Peace and Security. The sessions on North Africa and the Mediterranean and on Human Mobility are opened with a presentation by Minister Alfano.

The joint closing session, also including Interior and/or Security Ministers, focuses on strengthening democracy against Russia’s external interference and on managing returning foreign fighters from theatres of war.   

The Minister Alfano, before departure for Toronto to attend indeed at the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, had affirmed: "The statements coming from North Korea on the suspension of nuclear tests and the launch of ballistic missiles and the closing of a site constitute a positive development and a step in the right direction". He added "I hope they will favour the success of the imminent summit meetings and contribute to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Peninsula".

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