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Poltical Relations


Poltical Relations


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Ambassador Pasquale Terracciano with Baroness Anelay, FCO Minister for the UN

Italy and the UK share the same commitments: the promotion of peace, the defence of international security and the promotion human rights. These values underpin the work of both countries in the main international organisations they belong to – among them the United Nations, the European Union and NATO.

The frequency and intensity of the meetings between our heads of state and government, ministers and senior officials is testament to the strength of Italian-British relations. The warm reception shown to the Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the occasion of his official visit on 28-29 May 2015 is a confirmation of our excellent bilateral relationships. In the same spirit, Matteo Renzi made two visits to London in his first year in office, meeting David Cameron on 2 April and again on 2 October 2014; the two heads of government also met in June 2015 in Milan on the occasion of David Cameron’s visit to Expo2015.

Theresa May, who became new British Prime Minister on 13 July 2016, met with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome, for the first time, only a fortnight later, in the framework of her tour of European capitals following the Brexit vote of 23 June 2016.

These assiduous contacts and common views on the main international dossiers translate into shared foreign policy goals, including the promotion of democracy, sustainable economic development, environmental protections, and human rights (including the campaigns against the death penalty, for freedom of expression and belief, and against sexual violence in conflict), as well as the strengthening of the Trans-Atlantic alliance. Italy and the UK also participate in many security operations world-wide, to support peace processes and fight terrorism. Both countries are active members of the international coalition against Daesh.