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Current events

 

Current events

In 2012, Italy and Palestine established the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC), which today serves as the main forum for their bilateral relationship, allowing for regular consultations between their governments. The establishment of the JMC was a milestone for relations between Italy and Palestine, acknowledging the wide spectrum and depth of their bilateral cooperation. The JMC is also a tool for Italy to keep supporting the “two-State solution” by working on strengthening the institutions of the future State of Palestine. In doing so, the Italian Government acts in line with the two motions passed by the Italian Parliament in 2012 on recognizing Palestine as a State as well as its vote, in 2012, at the United Nations to accord Palestine “Non-Member Observer State” status in the said Organization.

The JMC has been held three times so far: on November, 23rd 2012, in Rome; on June, 29th 2015, in Ramallah; and on November, 9th 2017, in Rome. On this last occasion, Foreign Ministers Alfano and Malki adopted a Joint Declaration and nine Agreements were also signed for cooperation on security training, development cooperation, fighting illicit trafficking of cultural property, education, trade, tourism and cooperation between the diplomatic corps. On the margins of the JMC, attending Ministers held bilateral talks to discuss tools and strategies to further enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.


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