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Italy & Palestine


Italy & Palestine

The Consulate General in Jerusalem is responsible for developing the well-established relations that the Italian Government maintains with the Palestinian Authorities.

This is a wide-ranging commitment, which commences above all through an intense political relationship, with frequent bilateral meetings at all levels. Among them, special mention goes to the visit to Palestine on November, 1st 2016, of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, who met the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem. On March, 15th 2017, the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, came on mission to Palestine where he met with the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, and the Foreign Minister, Riyad Malki. Minister Malki visited Italy, in turn, on November, 9th 2017, at the head of a delegation of Palestinian Ministers and businessmen, on the occasion of the third Italian-Palestinian Joint Ministerial Committee, held at the Italian Foreign Ministry. The Joint Ministerial Committee was established in 2012 and represents the main framework for bilateral relations between Italy and Palestine, which hold regular bilateral consultations.

Equally deep are the economic and cultural ties, as well as the development cooperation, and the dialogue between local communities and the civil societies of both sides.

Italy is committed, along with the European Union and the International Community, to supporting the Palestinian institutions, with the aim to significantly contribute to the Peace Process and the “two-State solution”.