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Political relations

 

Political relations

Ever since diplomatic ties were first established between Italy and the United States in 1861, relations between our two countries – which are joined by deep historical, social and cultural roots – have prospered and grown.

Exchanges between the Italian Enlightenment and the Founding Fathers; similarities in our Nations’ respective paths to self-determination; the presence of a large, skilled Italian and Italian-American community in the US; our Countries’ common outlook and values – promotion of human rights, democracy, freedom, peace and global security – are just some of the elements which helped us to forge a solid alliance, built around three pillars: the United Nations, NATO and Euro-Atlanticism.

In the United Nations our two Countries play a key role in the defense of peace and global security, and contribute to the political debate regarding the principal international affairs. Italy’s commitment is reflected in the fact that we hold a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2017-2018 term; hold the Presidency of the G7; in January 2017 joined the troika of theOrganization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) which we will Chair in 2018.

Italy and the United States are both members of the Atlantic Alliance, a fact which has strengthened Italy’s image as a reliable and efficient partner in global security challenges.

In addition, both Countries participate in many peace-keeping and security operations world-wide. With over 6000 troops deployed in areas of crisis, Italy contributes significantly, both in terms of human and financial resources, to achieving the goals set by the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.

The frequent bilateral meetings between high-level government representatives serves as a concrete testimony of the close ties joining Italy and the United States.

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