Liberman and his hosts are expected to discuss bilateral issues in preparation for the meeting between the governments of Israel and Italy scheduled to take place in October in Israel, as well as developments in the Middle East.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman is departing on Sunday, 1 July, for a visit to Italy and San Marino.
In Rome, FM Liberman will meet with Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti and Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi. He will also meet with other figures, including the past foreign minister, Franco Frattini, who worked extensively with FM Liberman to strengthen the ties between the two countries. Liberman will also meet with the heads of the Jewish community in Rome.
A ceremony will be held in Mirandola, with delegates from the Emilia-Romagna district in northern Italy, where an earthquake struck in May. FM Liberman will give a donation from the Israeli Foreign Minister and Canadian philanthropist and businessman Walter Arbib, with the aid of the Canadian United Israel Appeal, of four mobile structures fully equipped to serve as a regional maternity center.
In Varazze, FM Liberman will visit Alenia Aermacchi, ahead of a contract-signing between the aeronautic company and the State of Israel for the purchase of about 30 advanced M-346 training jets. The deal is worth more than $2 billion and includes reciprocal Italian purchases of Israeli systems. The deal will create many new jobs in both countries. FM Liberman will observe a demonstration flight that will show off the plane’s capabilities, and will discuss the possibility of exporting joint products of aeronautic technologies to third countries.
On the political side, Liberman and his hosts are expected to discuss bilateral issues in preparation for the meeting between the governments of Israel and Italy scheduled to take place in October in Israel, as well as developments in the Middle East, and the continuation of sanctions against Iran. On Monday, the sanctions imposed by the EU on trade with Iran will enter into force. Italy was among the states that pushed for the sanctions, despite the extensive trade relations between the two states, and FM Liberman plans to express his appreciation of Italy’s position and reiterate that the sanctions against Iran must be increased as much as possible in order to stop its nuclear race, which threatens not only the Middle East, but also Europe and the entire free world.
FM Liberman will be the first Israeli minister to visit San Marino, the oldest republic in the world. During his historic visit, Liberman will meet with the heads of state- the Captains Regent – and with State Secretary for Foreign and Political Affairs Antonella Mularoni.