President Rivlin held a working meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi

Attached photo credits: Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israel President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Monday 28 January / 22 Shevat, held a working meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, who is visiting Israel.

The president welcomed the foreign minister on his first visit to Israel and thanked him for his work to strengthen relations between the two countries. President Rivlin noted the good relations between the two countries and the growing cooperation. “I returned recently from a visit to the Vatican and Rome where I met the Pope, the President and the Prime Minister. Our discussions were excellent and a sign of the close relations between our two countries. We work together in a range of fields including trade, science, culture, sports and defense”

The Italian Foreign Minister thanked the president for his words and said that Italy also sees great importance to the relations between the countries, and that he would be happy to see them become even deeper. “It is a great joy for me to be here with you today,” he said, “after our meeting not long ago in Rome. To come to Jerusalem from Rome is to bridge between two of the oldest cities and civilizations in the world. Next week, we will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Italy. Over seven decades we have built deep and broad relations that touch the hearts of both our peoples,” he said.

The president and the foreign minister continued to discuss regional threats, including the Hizbollah attack tunnels that were discovered recently and Iranian attempts to undermine regional stability.

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