Posted by: APO | 4 June 2008

Italy-Egypt: Rome Summit – Strategic Partnership launched

Italy-Egypt: Rome Summit – Strategic Partnership launched

ROME, Italia, June 4, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Italy’s Mediterranean vocation and Egypt’s traditional mediation role on the Middle East panorama have converged in a Strengthened Strategic Partnership that, in addition to its bilateral importance, will also contribute to strengthening relations between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. This was one of the main achievements of today’s intergovernmental summit between Italy and Egypt held at Rome’s Villa Madama. Participants included Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, along with five Italian ministers and six Egyptian ones, including Ministers for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini and Ahmed Abdul Gheit.
The Memorandum of Understanding establishing a “Strengthened Strategic Partnership” signed today by the two nations’ foreign ministers replaces and expands on the current one signed on 9 September 1998. It envisages annual bilateral summits while maintaining the annual meetings at foreign minister and director general levels, thus creating a “stronger mechanism for further tightening bilateral ties and developing new opportunities by concentrating efforts on questions of common interest and promoting social, economic and cultural cooperation”.
Ministers Frattini and Gheit signed a joint declaration on the establishment of an Italian-Egyptian university obliging both parties to draft specific intergovernmental agreements in this regard. They also signed a joint declaration on the proclamation of 2009 as the Italian-Egyptian Year for Science and Technology, which will involve a series of sector-related events.
In the course of the summit the two governments’ respective authorised ministers also signed the following agreements: a memorandum on fishing and maritime cooperation aimed at developing joint initiatives involving fishing and the processing and sale of fish products; an agreement on the restoration of Cairo’s Midan Tahrir Museum, by which Italy is given responsibility for the execution phase of a master-plan for the museum’s upgrade and modernisation; a memorandum on the protection and restitution of cultural treasures that envisages bilateral cooperation aimed at the application of measures for the prevention, repression and combating of the illegal import, export and transfer of cultural treasures.

SOURCE : Italia – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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